For the study, conducted at the Scottsdale, Arizona, clinic, Dr. Lois Krahn asked 150 patients about their pets and their sleeping habits.
Among the 56 percent of participants who share their bed with a cat or dog, only about 20 percent of those say their pets disturbed their slumber.
On the other hand, 41 percent said they actually slept better with their best pals.
Animals were cited as a source of relaxation and security in the bedroom.
Earlier research from the Mayo Clinic suggests pets can be a problem in the bedroom. In the 2014 study, around 10 percent of the clinic's patients reported that their snoring, yelping, twitching bedmates were effectively sabotaging their sleep - that's a surprising surge from the mere 1 percent of patients who blamed their pets in a 2002 study.
"The study determined that while the majority of patients did not view their pets intolerably disturbing their sleep, a higher percentage of patients experienced irritation," said Krahn, the psychiatrist who also authored the 2014 study.
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The most recent stats from the American Veterinary Medical Association peg the number of pet dogs in America at around 70 million. That number, according to a more recent survey, is now closer to 80 million.
As for pet cats, there are ... three ... seven ... 90 million ... errr ... Who has time to count cats? (Except maybe the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.)
The point is we're awash in animals. And, speaking of awashing, we should point out another reason why some people are just not into sleeping with their pets.