The Pet Owner's Sleep Disorder
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While sleeping with a pet may seem comforting, a recent Mayo Clinic study suggests that the quality of a pet owner's sleep may actually be worsened by a pet's presence. In this study, 110 patients were asked to fill out a sleep questionnaire regarding their pets; dogs, cats, and birds were the most common pets. Patients reported whimpering, snoring, wandering, and seizures as some of the chief complaints for why their sleep was disturbed. Researchers suggest that sleep specialists familiarize themselves with ways to help patients who sleep with their pets minimize sleep problems.
Cozying up with a soft, warm dog or cat may seem appealing, but more and more people are finding that their pets actually disturb their sleep, a new Mayo Clinic study suggests. "The study determined that while the majority of patients did not view their pets intolerably disturbing their sleep, a higher percentage of patients experienced irritation -- this may be related to the larger number of households with multiple pets," Dr.
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