Not that we needed much convincing on the matter, but letting your dog sleep on your bed is key to a good night's sleep, study says.
When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, there are plenty of things that might make you dream a bit sweeter, but perhaps adding our favorite canine companion isn’t one that we'd instantly think of.
The dog-obsessives amongst us will be delighted by the results of a study, which examined 962 women living in the US, to see how pet ownership impacted sleep. It turns out that most sleep studies just focus on what it is like to sleep with human partners, but until this study, there had been little research into how well we are sleeping with our pets.
The study, entitled "An Examination of Adult Women's Sleep Quality and Sleep Routines in Relation to Pet Ownership and Bedsharing" found 55 percent of participants let at least one of their dogs sleep in their bed, while 31 percent shared their bed with at least one cat.
According to the study, 57 percent of participants also shared their bed with their human partner and the research concluded that while cats and human partners were "disruptive", dogs were a dream to share a bed with.
Not only were dogs less likely to be disruptive at night, but they “were associated with stronger feelings of comfort and security.” And when it came to felines, it seems that they are also not nearly as comforting as canines.
So, whether you have an enormous guard dog who snoozes at the foot of your bed, or a small shih tzu who curls up beside you underneath the covers, it seems that dogs have an innate ability to comfort us and help us sleep soundly, without much disturbance.
Sorry bae, make some room!