A lot of parents are worried about their children sleeping with their pets, and if the same is affecting their health and sleeping patterns. Well, recent studies show that sleeping with pets like cats and dogs is totally fine and has absolutely no negative impact on children’s health or sleep.
The Concordia University, Montreal releases research showing how there is no harm to kids while going to their beds with pets.
Sleeping With Pets Don’t Affect The Sleeping Patterns Of Adults And Kids
According to the study released, approximately 75 percent of families own pets out of which 30-50 percent of kids and adults sleep with their pets regularly.
This study specifically included teens and pre-teens as well as their parents, where they were asked a bunch of questions regarding their sleep quality.
Before the reports of the study were established, the kids were asked to put on a device on their wrists for 14 days that monitored their sleeping patterns and were also asked to maintain a diary of their sleeping records.
The recordings included information like what time did they go to sleep, the number of hours of sleep, time is taken to get up in the morning, sleep quality, etc.
However, out of all, 65 percent of people state that they never go to bed with their pets and 17 percent of the people state that they do sleep with their pets sometimes and the rest of them often sleep with their pets.
After all the survey was done, the most important thing that was noticed by researchers was, the sleep quality didn’t vary based on the fact if or if not people went to bed with their pets, everyone experienced a similar sleeping quality.
In fact, people sleeping around their pets reported the most instinctive quality of sleep. Kids often find their dogs and cats comforting and feel a presence of closeness as they pamper them with love and hugs.
Terrifying dreams, the fear of separation from their loved ones, being bullied or issues with their lifestyles, and fear of homework submissions or socializing, etc often keep them awake at night and create a sense of anxiety within them.
Alongside the kids, a study involving adults having a bedtime with their pets was also released by the Association of American Psychology. The participants from the study stated that they were never interrupted by their pets while sleeping, but the tracking devices displayed that this statement was not entirely true for all.
Just like the kids, the adults also have an urge of feeling safe and loved at the end of a hectic and tiring day.
The pandemic has however caused a sleeping disorder for all ages as boredom and lack of physical activity leads to lack of tiredness and hence people find it difficult to sleep early and of course waking up early becomes a difficult task the next morning.
Dr. Breuner, a professor at an institute at Seattle, The University of Washington also states that it might take around two months for people to come on track, and to make this happen, every individual shall follow a routine of sleeping and waking up on a specific time every day.
Dr. Breuner also states that “It actually is time for people to really get back to some sense of normalcy by doing this, pets notwithstanding,”.