Letting your dog sleep in your bedroom might be a good idea after all.
But there's a catch - they can be in your bedroom, not on the bed.
New research published by the Mayo Clinic in the United States finetunes the usual advice to keep dogs out of your sleeping quarters.Researchers studied 40 healthy people with dogs and without sleep disorders over five months to see how a single dog in the bedroom affected sleep. The people and dogs wore trackers.
The surprising result was as long as the dog wasn't on or in the bed, it boosted sleep by bringing a sense of comfort and security.
Mayo sleep medicine specialist Lois Krahn said many pet owners were away from their pets for much of the day so wanted to maximise their time with them when home.
Sleeping together was a good way to do that - as long as the dog had its own bed.