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Title: BED SHARING WITH DOGS AND THE INFLUENCE IN OWNERS' SLEEP
Authors: BERTOCCO, B. P.CARVALHO, L. B.PRADO, A. F.PRADO, L. B.PRADO, G. F.
Citation: SLEEP, v.35, suppl.S, p.A446-A446, 2012
Abstract: Introduction: In Brazil, 63% of households have dogs and consider them as family members, and many people share their beds with dogs. There are no studies about the effect of bed sharing with dogs on people’s sleep. Objective: To study the influence of bed sharing with dogs on patients with sleep disorders. Methods: We interviewed 90 patients with sleep disorders, 12-89 years old, 48 women (53%), from Neuro-Sono outpatients’ clinic, of Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Brazil, from August to December 2011. We considered three places that the dog could sleep: on the interviwed’s bed, inside or outside the interviwed’s bedroom. We asked how the interviwed considers his sleep in the three situations above: (1) good or bad, (2) if the interviwed awakes with the dog movement or snore, and (3) if the dog asked to go outside the bedroom. We used the Chi-square and Fisher tests, with a significance of <.05. Results: Out of the 90 patients, 50 had dogs (55.5%), 42% (21/50) shared the bedroom with the dog, and 62% (13/21) shared the bed with the dog. There were more patients referring that their sleep is good sharing their bed with the dog (9/13) or sleeping with the dog inside the bed-room (5/8) than the dog sleeping outside the bedroom (1/11), p=0.006. Seventeen (60%) patients did not answer question #1. There was no significant difference related to sleep quality of the owner if the dog snores or asks to leave the bedroom during the sleep period. Conclusion: There was a better subjective response on the interviewed’s sleep when the dog slept inside the bedroom. This preliminary study shows the need for further research to assess the risks or benefits associated to patients sharing their beds with dogs.
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