A sense of relaxation and caring are emotions that release positive hormones in our bodies that will help us sleep better, reports Folio.

“Those are two key things for sleep—you get up at the same time every day and you are active. If you take the pet out of the equation, you lose that,” said Brown, who added the recommendation to banish pets from the bedroom as part of good sleep hygiene isn’t necessarily evidence-based and needs more research.

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