Research shows that women sleep better with dogs beside them than with humans
A girl needs her beauty sleep – and according to a recent study, she is more likely to get it with a dog lying next to her than a human.
Animal behaviorists at Canisius College have begun to explore the impact of animals on the quality of human sleep. They collected data from 962 women living in the United States. 55% shared their bed with at least one dog and 31% with at least one cat.
In addition, 57% of participants also shared their bed with a human partner.
“Compared to human bed partners, dogs that slept in the owner’s bed were perceived as less disruptive to sleep and were associated with stronger feelings of comfort and safety,” wrote the study’s authors. “(This) may be related to dogs’ abilities to deter intruders and warn their owners of potential threats.”
Researchers also hypothesized that dog mums were more likely to follow a strict sleep schedule and therefore better rest.
“Possession of a dog and its associated responsibilities can lead individuals to follow a stricter routine. Respecting a consistent sleep schedule can be beneficial for dog owners. ”
With regard to humans and felines, the results were much less soothing:
“Conversely, cats sleeping in their owner’s bed would have been just as disruptive as human partners and were associated with feelings of lower comfort and safety than human partners and dogs.”
H/T to Daily Mail