A new study, which analyzed the sleeping patterns of over 1,000 women, found that dogs are a less disruptive sleeping companion than romantic partners! Is it time to send hubby to the couch and give Fido a bit more room?
The researchers who made this intriguing finding said “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.”
Dogs as sleeping partners were even associated with fewer nightmares!
“Dog ownership and its associated responsibilities may cause individuals to adhere to a stricter routine. Keeping to a consistent sleep schedule may be beneficial to dog owners,” the researchers added.
Cats, on the other hand, are another story, and were found to be equally as disruptive to sleep as human partners, and were also less strongly associated with good feelings of comfort and security.