Anyone who has ever owned a dog knows what kind of special bond it is between the owner and the canine. So, there is yet another benefit of having a dog. Hear me out guys, I have fantastic news for all dog lovers. According to a study, dogs make better sleeping buddies than other humans. Why? Well, reportedly, people who sleep with dogs have experienced fewer nightmares. So, if you want to sleep safe and sound, you might want to try hopping your dog in the bed with you.
The authors of the study explained:
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.
I think a good night’s sleep is worth the shedding on the bed, right? Well, it is definitely worth a try.
The experts of the study also added:
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.
As we all know, sticking to one sleeping routine is of most vital importance for a good mental and physical health.
Actually, the authors of the study have experienced this first hand. Jilly Cooper has a greyhound named Bluebell. (I don’t even want to start commenting on this cute name.) Talking for The Mail on Sunday, she said:
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.
You are probably thinking, “yeah sure, they’re covered in fur, of course they’d be the perfect bed buddy“. But, that does not stand. Among other findings, the study concluded that not all of our fur friends provide a good night’s sleep. The authors said:
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.
So, there you go. Yet another reason why you should definitely get a dog if you don’t already have one.
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