Let sleeping dogs lie…with your children! Kids get better quality shut-eye when they sleep next to their pets, study suggests

Letting children sleep next to their pets can help them get a better night’s rest, according to a new study.

Researchers from Concordia University in Montreal analysed 188 people aged 11 to 17 about sleep habits and whether they have pets at home.

About half of children with a pet ‘regularly share their bed’ with the animal, say the authors, who wanted to find out what impact this has on sleep quality.