If you sleep with Fido or Fluffy, you're in good company, a new survey shows.
Nearly half of respondents to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) poll said they share their bed with a pet, and 46% of those people said they sleep better with their pet in the same bed. Only 19% said they sleep worse when their pet sleeps with them.
Younger Americans are more likely to sleep with a pet. For example, 53% of Gen Z respondents said they almost always or sometimes sleep with a pet, compared with 36% of baby boomers, according to the survey released during Pet Appreciation Week, June 5 to 11.
"Healthy sleep looks different from person to person. Many pet owners take comfort in having pets nearby and sleep better with their companion by their sides," said Dr. Andrea Matsumura. She is a sleep specialist in Portland, Ore., and a member of the AASM's Public Awareness Advisory Committee.
"For most adults, whether you sleep with a pet or not, it is important that you get seven or more hours of restful sleep each night for optimal health," Matsumura added in an AASM news release
If sleeping with your pet interferes with your sleep because they hog the bed, sprawl on your pillow or cause other problems, the AASM offers some tips to improve your sleep:
The American Sleep Association has advice about sleeping with your pet.
SOURCE: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, news release, June 7, 2022