Women Sleep Better with Their Dogs Instead of a Man Next to Them, Study Says

Sleeping is very important for the people and some do not like to sleep alone, but if you are at the moment single what is the alternative. The researchers say that dogs would be the best alternative according to a latest study. So if you have a dog, small, big or fluffy share the bed with it and have a better sleep.

There have been many articles released about the benefits of sleeping with a partner in your bed. The conclusion was that people who share their bed with a partner live longer and are less stressed out. Every person wants to live longer and to have reduced stressed levels, but what would be the perfect solution if you do not have partner, and researchers have confirmed have a dog.

According to the latest study conducted by a team at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, there are many benefits when sleeping next to your dog, especially when the female gender is concerned. The findings of this study were released in the Anthrozoos journal under the name“An Examination of Adult Women’s Sleep Quality and Sleep Routines in Relation to Pet Ownership and Bedsharing.”

In the study the researchers conducted an online survey with participants about their sleep thus collecting data from 962 adult women living in the United States. It was shown that 55% of the women shared their beds with at least one dog, 31% with at least one cat and additional 57% shared the bed with their human partner. However, even though these ladies slept better it does not necessarily mean that they had better sleep quality. The results were assessed with the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and showed that there is no strong relation between bed-sharing with pets and sleep quality. 

In fact, it has been revealed that sharing the bed with a pet, either a dog or cat may affect notions of sleep quality. Namely, women who shared their bed with a dog woke up earlier than those who had shared it with a cat. When the sleeping with a human partner and the sleeping with a canine companion was compared it showed that dogs cause fewer disturbances making the sleeping more peaceful.

In the article was stated:

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. Conversely, cats who slept in their owner’s bed were reported to be equally as disruptive as human partners and were associated with weaker feelings of comfort and security than both human and dog bed partners.”

The reason for such improved sleep could lie in the fact that dogs are the protectors of the humans that are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect their owners. The sense of security helps in having a better sleep.

Other Benefits of Sleeping with Your Dog

  • Sleeping with your dog can be a great substitute for a partner that is not present at the moment.

  • Pets can calm you down and because of that are very helpful for people with anxiety disorders.

  • Their presence in the bed improves the sleep when suffering from insomnia. 

  • Sharing the bed will better and strengthen the emotional bond with your dog especially if you spent long hours at work. If your pet is in the other room this bond cannot be established.

  • Canine pets have a higher temperature than the human body so there would be extra warmth in your bed. Plus, the breathing of your dog next to you can have a soothing effect.

Hence sleeping with your dog will bring security, comfort, company, and great bonding. But, this does not mean that if you are not a fan of sharing a bed with an animal that you should do it by all means. It is still a matter of preference and if you do not feel comfortable sharing your sleeping space with a dog, then, do not do it. After all, they are just animals, and having the lick on your face in the middle of the night can be very disturbing.

The results of the study were obtained from people who could have been biased, and because of that if sharing the bed with your dog is not your thing, do not practice it. But, if you wonder that it may help you with your sleep, you can try it and see for yourself whether it will do you good or not.