According to a study that was recently published by researchers at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, women sleep much better next to dogs when compared to sleeping next to their human partners.
962 U.S. women were interviewed for the study, and 55 percent of them said that they shared their bed with at least one dog, while 31 percent of them had at least one cat sleeping next to them. In contrast, 57 of the women responded that they slept next to their human partners. What’s interesting, though, is that women that slept next to dogs were less likely to be woken up in the middle of the night by their pup when compared to cats and humans. When you compare cats and humans, though, there wasn’t much of a difference, as they’re both equally disruptive to women’s sleep, and they provided them with fewer feelings of comfort and security than dogs.
People that are used to living with other humans or/and animals find it pretty scary and uncomfortable when they have to be alone in bed, so the number one benefit of sleeping next to your pup is security.
The researchers said that dog ownership and the responsibilities associated with it may cause people to adhere to a stricter routine, so dog owners reported earlier sleep and wake times when compared to cat owners and people without pets. However, keeping to a consistent sleep schedule is beneficial, so that’s another advantage to dog owners.
Another study that was conducted by the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and published last year found that both male and female participants that slept with a dog in the bedroom got more rest than people who didn’t. However, the difference in findings between both studies was that the Mayo Clinic study found that sleeping with a dog in the bed, as opposed to the dog sleeping in another place in the bedroom, could disrupt the sleep cycle.