by Karyn Repinski
Let the dogs in: You might have heard that you should keep pets out of the bedroom because they're disruptive, but recent research says otherwise. Mayo Clinic scientists evaluated the sleep of 40 adults and their dogs via activity trackers for seven nights and found that people with dogs in their rooms maintained a better-than-satisfactory 83% sleep efficiency, a comparison of time spent asleep to total time in bed. “Many people find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets,” explains researcher Lois Krahn, MD.
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Context: Lois Krahn, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic a sleep medicine specialist at the Center for Sleep Medicine on Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus. You can read more about her research on sleep and pets on Mayo Clinic News Network. Dr. Krahn has been conducting research and clinical practice as a sleep medicine specialist for more than 20 years. Her interests lie in exploring emerging concepts and trends in the field. Attention to current developments, such as novel pharmacologic compounds, bedroom sleep environment and potential for mobile technology to influence sleep, allows her to continually address new questions and issues in clinical sleep medicine and research. You can find more details about her medical research here.
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