A study released by Canisius College earlier this month found women who sleep with their dogs in bed got a better night’s sleep compared to sleeping with another person.
Some 962 U.S. women participated in the survey. About 55 percent sleep with at least one dog and 31 percent sleep with at least one cat by their side. Also, 57 percent of the women surveyed shared their bed with another person.
The study found women who slept with their dogs had their sleep disturbed less than sleeping alongside another person. Women who slept with their dogs also had stronger feelings of comfort and security.
Dog owners had earlier bedtimes and wake times than those who had cats but no dogs, the study found.
Cats who slept in their owner’s bed were equally disruptive as human partners, the study found.
The study said follow-up research is necessary to determine if pet owners’ perceptions of pets’ impacts on their sleep align with objective measures of sleep quality.
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