That is something a lot of us secretly wanted A study has revealed that women who want a sound night’s sleep should take their dog to bed.
It’s true that dogs can be a little wriggly, wanting to sleep in extreme proximity to your face or having a habit of licking your feet all night, but unlike what you might think, the study actually revealed dogs are less unsettling to sleep with than men.
The study, called ‘An Examination of Adult Women’s Sleep Quality and Sleep Routines in Relation to Pet Ownership and Bedsharing’, examined nearly 1,000 women. It found that not only it is easier to sleep next to a dog but also that it can actually prevent nightmares, ensuring a peaceful night’s sleep.
Here is an abstract from the study:
“Compared with human bed partners, dogs who slept in the owner’s bed were perceived to disturb sleep less and were associated with stronger feelings of comfort and security.[It] may be related to dogs’ abilities to deter intruders and warn their owners of potential threats.”
The authors also added another benefit saying that waking up every morning at a similar time to take care of your dog can assist in creating a beneficial consistent routine for owners.
You are probably wondering what about our feline friends, well we have some bad news there. In comparison, cats were reported to be equally as disruptive as humans when it comes to bedtime – adding another avenue in the argument of dog people versus cat people.
There is no other way to go about it, dogs are amazing and this is just another proof. Having a dog sleep on your bed is like having a teddy bear come to life and reciprocate the love you give them. I think we should all put these findings to work immediately.