Researchers Believe Dogs Help Women Sleep Better

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
You may have heard a dog’s a man’s best friend, but new research says a dog may be the best sleeping buddy for women.

Yep, think about how much sense it makes. Watch your furball sleep for a bit. For the most part? They’re pretty snug as a bug in a rug all comfy cozy in their sweet dreams, right? Much less movement and noise than that snoring jumping bean you’ve got in your bed now. Only me?

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Well, research now confirms that dogs may be a woman’s best friend when it comes to sleeping, as scientists from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York discovered that dogs can help women get much better sleep.

The researchers found first and foremost that women felt safe and secure when their furry bed sharer was next to them. They weren’t as worried about intruders and had less anxiety, according to the study.

The study also showed that dogs didn’t tend to wake their humans up in the middle of the night like cats or other humans did (someone want to tell my puppy that??) and that their routines of getting up and going to bed at the same time helped add to human nighttime routine consistency.

The researchers wrote that simply owning a dog helped add to stricter routines when ti came to bedtime and that consistency was likely to be beneficial to dog owners.

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Additionally, the research found that cats who slept in their owners’ beds were actually as or more disruptive to a woman’s sleep than a human partner. (Don’t blame us, cat lovers, we’re just the messengers!) Apparently, researchers found that when a cat was in a female participant’s bed, she didn’t feel as secure as they did with a doggo or human.

The researchers plan to do follow-up studies to see what exactly it is about the dogs as bed partners that makes for better sleep, and whether or not it’s better sleep or simply perceived better sleep as this was a survey result-oriented study.

But dog-loving ladies everywhere already know it’s pretty doggoned accurate!

Lori Ennis
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