Study: Dogs in the bed may be preventing quality sleep

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Not getting enough quality shut-eye?

It could be because of who you're sleeping with.

A new study by the sleep experts at the Mayo Clinic found people who let their pups sleep *in their bed with them are losing out on quality sleep.

But that doesn't mean you have to kick them out of the bedroom entirely. Researchers say just having your pet in your room--- on the floor, in their own bed--- led to a better night's sleep.

"We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets," says Mayo Clinic sleep medicine specialist Lois Krahn.

The study, titled "The Effect of Dogs on Human Sleep in the Home Sleep Environment", tracked the sleep quality of 40 dog-owning participants with no sleep disorders over the course of five months. Both the human and dog participants wore accelerometers for seven nights of the study.

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