More than half of the patients seeking consultations at the Mayo Clinic’s Sleep Disorders Center are pet owners whose sleep is disturbed by their furry friends.
Thu, Jun 05, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Is a snoring dog or yowling cat keeping you from getting enough shut-eye? You’re not alone.
A Mayo Clinic study found that more than half of the patients seeking consultations at its sleep
clinic are pet owners whose sleep is disturbed by their kitty and canine companions.
Forty-one percent of the sleep-deprived pet owners said the disturbances come from allowing their cats or dogs to share the bed, while 58 percent say the disruption comes from simply letting their pets sleep in the same room.
And snoring isn’t just a people problem. The study found that 21 percent of sleep clinic patients had snoring dogs and 7 percent had snoring cats.
As teenagers return to school, the nightmarish reality of increased homework along with more social demands may make getting a full night sleep just a dream. They may feel trapped for time and feel forced to sacrifice their sleep. Teens may model themselves on their sleep-deprived parents and peers and think they are supposed to get less sleep as they mature. Yet science confirms that making healthy sleep a priority will help teens and their families in many ways. Alternatively, sleep deprivation is associated with serious problems including irritability, learning difficulty, motor vehicle accidents, and increased risk of suicide.
For a maturing teenager, developing an autonomous lifestyle is a matter of choices. When they make a decision, they must weigh what is in it for them. Making sleep a priority is a lifestyle choice that quickly pays off.