The study, which was conducted by researchers at Canisius College in New York, surveyed 962 adult women in the United States. The results suggest that having a dog in your bed instead of a person or cat can lead to a better night's sleep.
Generally, the results concluded that a woman's sleep was less disturbed if she slept with her dog in her bed rather than if she slept with a human partner beside her.
Additionally, the results showed that when a woman slept with a dog in her bed she felt stronger feelings of comfort and security. According to the study, dog owners were also found to wake up earlier than those who owned cats or neither animal.
"Dog ownership and its associated responsibilities may cause individuals to adhere to a stricter routine," the researches told the New York Post. "Keeping to a consistent sleep schedule may be beneficial to dog owners."
And as for women who slept in the same bed as their cats, their feline friends were found to be just as disruptive to their quality of sleep as another human would be. Generally, sharing a bed with their cats gave owners weaker feelings of comfort and security at bedtime. The researchers also noted that the way you perceive your pet could make a difference in whether or not you feel more comfortable when sharing a bed with them.
All in all, further research would be needed to create a stronger link between who you share your bed with and how it impacts your sleep.
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