But 20 percent of respondents admitted their pets interrupted their sleep.
Last week the media headlines warned us that we shouldn't sleep with our pets. Doing so could make us sick. Well, this week, the review article that inspired these headlines, is finally out on the Center for Disease Control's website and available for everyone to read.
What does the study really reveal? Contrary to what was emphasized in last week's headlines the greatest danger was not in sleeping with pets, but in letting pets lick humans.
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Any pet owner will understand the struggle of deciding whether to sleep with your pet in your bedroom. On the one hand, you get all the cuddles, but on the other, animals can be pretty annoying when they wake up hungry at 4am.This isn't a definitive study by any stretch of the imagination, so if you don't already own a pet, please don't go running out to the local shelter to adopt yourself a new bedmate. But the research, conducted by the Centre of Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in the US, is one of the first projects to look into the impact animals in the bedroom have on sleep.Now the results of a small survey suggest that all that snoring/walking on your pillow in the middle of the night might be worth it, with participants reporting that sleeping with their pets made them feel more safe and secure, and helped them get a better night's rest."Many pet owners view companion animals as family members that they wish to incorporate into as many aspects of their life as possible," . "Because humans spend considerable time sleeping, a pet owner's desire to have animals close at night is understandable."As part of the survey, the researchers asked 150 people extensive questions about their sleeping habits and found that 49 percent of them had pets. Out of that group, more than half of the pets slept with their owners.The study was triggered after 10 percent of the pet owners that turned up to the Mayo Clinic's sleep centre in 2013 blamed their sleep problems on their pets, at least in part. That's a jump from 1 percent in 2002, and sort of makes sense, because pet ownership is at an all-time high in the US.