Women who need a good night's rest should consider letting their dogs sleep on the bed beside them: report

1,000 women were studied and for female dog owners, their furry friends are said to be less unsettling as a sleeping companion than men.


                            Women who need a good night's rest should consider letting their dogs sleep on the bed beside them: report

Dogs have always been known as man's best friend and for good reason. They've been around humans for centuries and have always been great protectors aside from helping out with hunting. Dogs in the present day come in all shapes and sizes but owners everywhere will have the same stories to talk about. The endless amounts of fur lying around, the dirty paw prints on the tiles, destroying furniture and then looking cute to avoid being yelled at... dog owners have been through it all.

According to a report that studied almost 1,000 women, for female dog owners, their furry friends are said to be less unsettling as a sleeping companion than men. It has also been found out that having dogs on the bed can help prevent nightmares.

Dogs are said to be less unsettling as a sleeping companion when compared to men. (Source: Pexels)
Dogs are said to be less unsettling as a sleeping companion when compared to men. (Source: Pexels)

The authors of the report wrote: "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. 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."

One of the authors of the report, Jilly Cooper, who sleeps with her greyhound Bluebell on the bed, told the Daily Mail,: "My late husband didn’t allow dogs on the bed but I think it’s lovely. Bluebell can be a real pig, I have a huge bed but she insists on edging up next to me. I don’t mind at all."

The researchers, however, have also found that not all dogs are suitable for a good night's sleep as well. The authors added: "Conversely, cats who slept in their owner’s bed were reported to be equally disruptive as human partners, and were associated with weaker feelings of comfort and security than both human and dog bed partners."