If you find yourself tossing and turning and not achieving at least eight hours a night of sleep, a new study may have an easy solution for you. The Mayo clinic has recently found that sleeping with a pet may offer benefits when it comes to sleep.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that insufficient sleep is a public problem which can have serious health implications including an increase in accidents and chronic diseases. The CDC reports that those who do not achieve sufficient sleep are at higher risk for hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, cancer and increased mortality.
Common causes for sleeplessness include:
While addressing the above reasons will definitely help, there is something else that you can do to help you sleep better.
There has been much research on sleeping with a pet. While earlier studies actually pointed to the negatives of sleeping with a pet (increase in illness by the pet or pets actually disrupting sleep), a recent study performed by the Mayo Clinic found that sleeping with a pet may hold benefits when it comes to sleep.
The researchers sampled 150 sleep center patients where 56 percent of them allowed their pet to sleep with them in the same bed. Of those who slept with their pet, 41 percent reported that their pet did not disrupt their sleep and in fact their sleep improved as the pet offered warmth, contentment, or relaxation. Only 20 percent reported that their pet disrupted their sleep.
Some pet owners reported their pet made them feel a sense of companionship, especially when sleeping alone either due to lack of partner or a traveling partner.
In addition to the above mentioned causes of sleeplessness there are other more severe reasons like chronic body aches, illnesses, and mental and physical stress that lead to sleeplessness. In these cases, it is important to address the underlying problem first. Contacting your doctor will be a step in the right direction.