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Why you shouldn't let pets into bed: scientists' answer

Alina MilsentLife
Scientists advise against letting a cat or a dog into bed at night

Pets become integral family members, and owners often bring them to bed before going to sleep. It's very pleasant to fall asleep surrounded by the warm fur of a dog or enjoy the gentle purring of a cat.

However, pets often find their way into bed at night on their own, and owners can't bear to chase them away. Nevertheless, scientists do not recommend letting pets into bed. OBOZREVATEL investigated whether this can indeed hurt health.

Researchers from the United States conducted a study and found that pets, especially cats and dogs, can cause sleep disorders in humans. Many volunteers expressed a desire to participate in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Experts analyzed how the presence of a pet in the bed affects the quality of sleep, examining factors such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Time taken to fall asleep
  • Insufficient sleep
  • Drowsiness.

The study revealed that individuals accustomed to sleeping with cats often experience involuntary leg twitching when falling asleep, and many dog owners suffer from various sleep disorders.

While there is no definitive answer explaining the negative impact of animals on their owners' sleep, it is suggested that the animals' nocturnal activity might interfere with rest.

People with chronic sleep problems are advised to consider that the presence of a cat or dog in the family could potentially worsen insomnia.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you why it has long been believed that cats should not be allowed in bed at night.

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