A new study finds that sleeping with a pet may not be as detrimental to someone's sleep as once believed.
According to CBS News, a recent survey of 150 sleep center patients “found that more than half of pet owners allowed their pets to sleep in the bedroom.” While one in five of those studied said their pet was disruptive, 41 percent said their pets may even be beneficial to their sleep.
"If having a pet nearby helps them feel relaxed and gives them a sense of security, which permits them to fall asleep with less difficulty, then I think that is something that does deserve attention," Dr. Lois Krahn, who led the study, told CBS News.
The study did not take into consideration factors such as a pet’s sleeping habits, cleanliness, breed or size.
Krahn suggests that these are factors that should be considered when deciding whether to let a pet sleep with people or not.