Today, a third of children and adolescents have trouble sleeping. Some could sleep better if they were allowed to share their bed with their dog or cat. Explanations.
A third of children and adolescents sleep poorly
According to a study by Public Health France, published on Thursday, May 20, 2021, a third of children and adolescents -27.2% of 9-12 year olds and 30% of 13-18 year olds have more trouble falling asleep since the first confinement. While some parents are utterly helpless and do not know how to deal with this problem, those who have pets may have a solution.
Conducted by researchers at Concordia University in Montreal on 188 children, aged 11 to 17, a recent study claims that sleep is better when there is a dog or a cat in bed. To come to these conclusions, the scientists measured the participants’ sleep cycles, brain waves, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, breathing, eye movements and legs. In the end, the result is final.
Sleeping with a dog or cat for better quality sleep
It is not very hygienic and yet a small ball of fur has a reassuring side. It helps to calm night terrors and therefore to sleep better. No more letting Médor sleep in his niche, now he can go to a real bed with a pillow and a blanket.
When it comes to dog (and childish!) Education, letting your dog or cat sleep in your child’s bed is probably not recommended. Once the latter has grown, this habit will then have to be kicked out. Adults have more difficulty sleeping with an animal by their side because it takes up too much space. And as long as we are already a couple, it is a lot of people under the duvet.