Are you barking up the wrong tree by sleeping with your dog?

Let sleeping dogs lie... in your bedroom: People get better night's snooze with their pets nearby (but don't let them sneak under the covers)

Dog owners who are hesitant to have their dogs in their bedrooms may want to reconsider as this may help them get a better night's sleep.

This is only true, however, if the dog is present in the room, but not under the covers, a study found, reports Daily Mail. A new Mayo Clinic study says having canine companions could actually help some people sleep better.

"My main recommendation is for people to take a look at their setup and carefully consider whether it is truly working or not", Krahn said, "and not allow loyalty to their pet to blind them to consequences that aren't desirable to their sleep".

"And, now, pet owners can find comfort knowing it won't negatively impact their sleep'".

Sleeping with a dog in the bed, however, was linked to a slightly lower sleep efficiency: an average of around 80%.

The study's participants and their animals wore activity trackers to monitor their sleeping habits for seven nights. The authors of the study concluded that sleep efficiency of the humans was significantly lowered if the dog was on the bed or co-shared the bed compared to simply being in the bedroom. Some dogs have a free pass to their owner's bedrooms, however, many don't get to enter for the fear of causing a bad night's sleep.

A small study from the Mayo Clinic finds that sleeping in the same room with your pet does not appear to affect quality of sleep.

Dr Krahn said: "Most people assume having pets in the bedroom is a disruption". This is when the researchers were stunned to discover that having a pet in the room actually improved sleep because it provided a sense of comfort and security while pets in bed actually lowered the quality of sleep.

"The relationship between people and their pets has changed over time, which is likely why many people in fact do sleep with their pets in the bedroom", Krahn said.

We all love our pets and for many of us, they are the apple of our eyes.

They are also less likely to require feeding at night, a study found. But majority keep them away during night for fear of sacrificing sleep quality.

The freshest Mayo examine followed the rest nature of 40 dog-owning members with no rest issue through the span of five months.

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