Cana­di­an sci­en­tists from Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­si­ty believe that the sleep of chil­dren with pets is not only not harm­ful, but may even be ben­e­fi­cial for the psy­che of preschool­ers and ado­les­cents.

Pre­vi­ous stud­ies have shown that between 30% and 50% of chil­dren and adults reg­u­lar­ly sleep with their pets, while 75% of house­holds have pets.

The project involved almost 200 chil­dren aged 11–17, as well as their par­ents. Sci­en­tists ana­lyzed the qual­i­ty of sleep of the sub­jects at their home for one day, and also gave the par­tic­i­pants of the exper­i­ments gad­gets to track their sleep for anoth­er 2 weeks.

The sur­vey showed that 65% of the sub­jects usu­al­ly do not let pets in their bed. Anoth­er 17% of those sur­veyed said they some­times do it, and 18% sleep with their cats or dogs all the time.

At the same time, the qual­i­ty of sleep in the sub­jects of all three groups turned out to be the same on aver­age, but those who slept with ani­mals more often stat­ed that they had bet­ter sleep and felt more rest­ed.

Sci­en­tists sug­gest that chil­dren see their pets as close friends, which makes sleep­ing with them more sound and peace­ful.

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