Chronic Pain Sufferers May Benefit From Sleeping With Dogs

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If you suffer from chronic pain, the solution to your woes may be wagging its tail at your feet.

A study conducted by the University of Alberta indicates that dog owners have an advantage when it comes to combatting chronic pain, and sleeping with those animals provides “overwhelmingly positive” results.

“When you ask people to remove an animal they are in the habit of co-sleeping with, it could have consequences the health-care provider hasn’t considered,” writes Cary Brown of UA’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. “For some people with chronic pain, their relationship with their pet could be the only one they have and the comfort that dog or cat produces would be lost. It’s equivalent to kicking their partner out of bed.”

Many more participants in the study reported feeling better, both physically and mentally, when their dogs slept with them than did not.

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