Dog lovers have always known this …
MIAMI – Dogs are really a woman’s best friend.
A study, published in the Journal of the International Society of Anthrozoology, shows that women who cuddle up in bed with their dogs get a better night’s sleep.
The study found that women sleep better with a dog than with a cat or other human next to them.
“Compared to human bed partners, dogs sleeping in the owner’s bed were perceived to be less sleep disturbance and associated with stronger feelings of comfort and security,” the study found.
Researchers interviewed nearly 1,000 women in the United States to study the relationships between pet ownership and human sleep.
Fifty-five percent of participants shared their bed with at least one dog and thirty-one percent shared with at least one cat.
The study also found that dog owners had earlier bedtime and waking hours than people who had cats but no dogs.
Cats that slept in their owners’ beds would have been as disruptive as human partners and were associated with weaker feelings of comfort and safety than human partners and dogs.