When you come home from a long day out and you see your dog sleeping on your bed, it’s adorable. That cute little face they often make, as well as their complete and total innocence, is amazing. However, is it actually a good thing to let a sleeping dog lie on your bed?
Many of us get used to having the dog sleep in the same room as us, too. While a dog shouldn’t really have anything to worry about when sleeping on your bed, it could have some problems for you in the long run. Central Queensland University staff member Dr. Bradley Smith undertook a study. Using it, he fitted five dogs and their owners with monitors to track sleeping quality and wakefulness during the day.
The studies found that humans did not really suffer too much from having the dog sleep in the same room at night. However, it was noted that the sleep quality was often interrupted and even broken when the dog would wake up or be awake than when the dog was asleep. All signs, then, point to the potential for our dogs to continue waking us up.
Each person taking part in the study, all women, had to get up to help their dog urinate or were woken by the restless dog. With dogs having such different sleep cycles to our own, it was very much likely to cause a bit of a stir. It’s likely that they will average around 20% of the night awake, the study found.
Should I get my dog out of the room, then?
It’s not as simple as that, though. According to Dr. Smith, you will often get more positives than negatives. Having a dog sleep in the room could bring some very useful benefits. However, he also notes that starting this from a young age does make it very hard to stop as time goes on.
Therefore, you should take the time to consider the personal style of your dog. If you have had your dog sleep in the same room for years, then you might actually find it even more disruptive to stop – for both of you. Also, please keep in mind the small-ish sample size of the study: as Dr. Smith suggested, more could be done with larger sample sizes to better determine the fit.
As it stands, then, don’t go kicking your canine out of the bedroom just yet. If you are enjoying having them around, then don’t make things needlessly uncomfortable for anyone.