New Research Says You Shouldn’t Let Your Dog Sleep In Bed With You

Dog Sleeping on blanket

Who doesn’t love having their dog in bed with them, snuggled under the covers? The closeness is a sure sign of just how much your furry friend loves you! There’s always the elusive person who is disgusted by the idea of letting your dog sleep in bed with you. Unfortunately, it turns out those people may be onto something. A new study claims that having your dog sleep in bed with you may be detrimental to your sleep.

Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group based in Rochester, Minnesota, conducted the new study. The purpose of the study was, “to objectively assess whether a dog in the bedroom or bed disturbs sleep.” The study monitored the sleeping habits of 40 healthy adults without sleeping disorders over the course of seven nights. Both the humans and dogs wore accelerometers to measure sleep.

Is Sleeping With Your Dog Good For You?

Vice summarized the May Clinic study and noted that humans sleeping with their dog on the bed scored a sleep efficiency rating of 80 percent; humans that slept with their dog in the room, but off the bed scored a sleep efficiency rating of 83 percent. The report concluded, “Humans with a single dog in their bedroom maintained good sleep efficiency; however, the dog’s position on/off the bed made a difference.”

While disappointing for those who love to sleep with their dog, the difference in sleep is not massive. Vice noted that, “Experts agree that 80 percent is considered an ‘okay’ night’s rest-while anything between 85 and 89 percent is normal.” So, when you think about it, neither group of people got a ‘normal’ night’s rest! With that said, the difference does make sense; your dog probably moves around at night; if on your bed, this may wake you up and disrupt your sleep. The report did highlight that those who sleep with their dog on their bed tend to wake up more frequently.

The study did also conclude with, “A dog’s presence in the bedroom may not be disruptive to human sleep, as was previously suspected.” So, while having your dog on your bed may not be the best choice for your sleep, having your furry friend in your room is totally fine. It may be time to get your dog its own special bed for the bedroom. This way you can still sleep with your dog in the room, and everyone will have a good night’s rest!

  • Dagummit

    As with many things, it all comes down to three words. Know thy dog.

    Honestly, for a lot of people, this study is complete garbage. I get uneasy if my Xolo’s not in my bed and wake up to check on him, sitting up to look for him. When he’s there with me, I can immediately tell where he is and go right back to sleep.

    Additionally, my dogs move around far less when they’re in bed because we live where it’s cold. We ALL shift around more during our short summer, but during the winter, they will sleep in one place all night long under the covers where it’s warm vs when they are moving around looking for a warmer place outside of the bed.

    Our old Collie would get up and pace at night because he needed human direction to do anything, even something as simple as laying down. It was ridiculous. He did not sleep in the bedroom at all. He had a large pen in the living room.