New research from the Mayo Clinic suggests that people could rest easier at night if they slept with their dogs. There is, however, one important caveat — you’ll need to make sure your dog sleeps in a separate bed.
According to the New York Daily News, researchers from the Mayo Clinic studied a total of 40 healthy adults with pet dogs and no sleeping disorders over a period of five months. These adults and their dogs were both given activity trackers in order for the researchers to keep track of their sleeping habits throughout the week.
As succinctly noted by the researchers, people who had a single dog in their bedroom were able to enjoy good sleep efficiency. But it wasn’t enough for the dogs to be sleeping in the same room as their human masters – it made a difference whether the subjects were sleeping with their dogs on the same bed or not.