Two studies by the Mayo Clinic found that sharing the bed with a pooch can be comforting and help some people sleep better, especially if they’re sleeping alone. Others in the study had a bone to pick: The more fidgety the dog, the less restful the person slept.
But, as anyone who with a snoring bed partner can attest, other humans or our own health conditions can disrupt our sleep as much or more than a snoozing schnauzer. Ultimately, the decision about whether to sleep with your pup comes down to personal preference and whether your find your friend’s presence comforting or distracting.
“When I see patients in clinic, and we talk about sleep issues, pets are rarely part of it,” Dr. Owolabi says.