Snuggling up with a cat or dog at night could really improve your sleep, a survey suggests.
British pollster OnePoll quizzed 2,000 American pet owners and found seven in ten felt sharing a bed with their favorite animal helped them sleep at night. Half even said that being near their cat or dog reduced their stress and anxiety.
Previous studies suggest that sharing a bed with pets leads people to feel more comfortable and secure in bed. It could also improve their mental health.
Doctors advise seven to nine hours of sleep every night, but estimates suggest a third of Americans are failing to get this much.
This leaves them at risk of chronic conditions including heart disease, obesity and depression, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.
The survey also found half of pet owners found it easier to settle down at night when their dog or cat was next to them.
And a total of 58 percent of respondents in relationships preferred spending the night with their pet than their partner.
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Source: Daily Mail