Journal of Sleep Disorders: Treatment and CareISSN: 2325-9639

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Research Article, J Sleep Disor Treat Care Vol: 4 Issue: 3

Sleep in Individuals Sharing their Sleep Environment with Dogs: Pilot Study

Bruna P Bertocco1, Luciane BC Carvalho2*, Luciane BC Carvalho3, Ariadne JF Prado4 and Gilmar F Prado5
 
1Neuro-Sono Sleep Center, Departament of Neurology and Medicine, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2Neuro-Sono Sleep Center, Departaments of Neurology, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
3Neuro-Sono Sleep Center, Departament of Neurology, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
4Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
5Neuro-Sono Sleep Center, Departaments of Neurology and Medicine, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Corresponding author : Lucila Fernandes do Prado
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received: May 20, 2015 Accepted: September 02, 2015 Published: September 09, 2015
Citation:  Bertocco BP, ´╗┐Prado LBF, ´╗┐Carvalho LBC, Prado AJF, Prado GF (2015) Sleep in Individuals Sharing their Sleep Environment with Dogs: Pilot Study . J Sleep Disor: Treat Care 4:3. doi:10.4172/2325-9639.1000160

 

Abstract

Introduction: Pets are increasingly sharing a bed with their owners, regardless of social class. Methods: We interviewed 50 Dog owners, at the Neuro-Sono Outpatients Clinic. The semistructured interviews were designed to collect information about the place where it was allowed to sleep (same bed as owner, elsewhere in owner’s bedroom, or elsewhere in the home) and if the owners’ sleep is better or worse sharing the bed with their dogs.

Results: Of the 49 participants who made up the final sample, 43% (21 of 49) allowed their dogs to sleep in the bedroom, whereas 57% (28 of 49) had their dogs sleep elsewhere in the home. Of the 21 owners who shared their bedroom with their dogs, 62% (13) allowed their dogs to sleep on the bed, whereas 38% (8) did not. Sixty-six percent of respondents who allowed their dogs to sleep in the bedroom (14 of 21) reported that their sleep was better because of the dog´s presence (95%CI: 0.46-0.85).

Conclusion: We conclude that the presence of a dog in the bedroom or bed during nighttime is not associated to poor sleep; to the contrary, the dog owners interviewed in our sample reported that their sleep was better with a dog sleeping in the room.

Keywords: Bed sharing; Sleep dogs; Sleep quality; Dog in the bedroom; Poor sleep; Good sleep

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