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Study Finds It’s Better To Sleep Next To A Dog Than A Human

The key to a better night’s sleep could be your dog

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If you struggle with a ‘ruff’ night’s sleep, it turns out sleeping next to a dog could be good for you.

Waking up to that sound of a dog going to town on their own private parts isn’t the best way to start the day, however, if you want to get the most out of your 40 winks, you’d better change your sleeping buddy.

The study is titled “An Examination of Adult Women’s Sleep Quality and Sleep Routines in Relation to Pet Ownership and Bedsharing” and claims that women sleep better with a dog next to them. The research tested the sleeping habits of 962 women sharing their beds with humans, cats, and dogs.

Subjects were asked to honestly answer what their sleep is like and reveal if they own any pets. 57% snuggle down with another person, 55% share with at least one dog, and 31% with at least one cat. Interestingly 93% lived with either cats, dogs, or both.

Dr. Christy L. Hoffman decided to conduct the research. As a professor in the Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation Department of New York’s Canisius College, Hoffman wanted to see the pros and cons of sharing with your pooch.

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Basically, her study suggests that cats and other humans are the Devil when it comes to a good night’s rest.

Hoffman reveals that people sleeping next to dogs are less likely to wake up during the night. It’s odd when you consider the amount of kicking dogs do when they dream. She concluded that it’s all to do with sticking to a regime as the sun starts to set. “Dog ownership and its associated responsibilities may cause individuals to adhere to a stricter routine,” says the study. “Keeping to a consistent sleep schedule may be beneficial to dog owners.”

She also noted that the results are far from conclusive. Emphasising the use of the word perception, Hoffman admitted that everything was based on how well the owners thought they slept instead of an actual study.

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Before you kick your other half out the bed and stick your pooch pride of place, there’s a couple of other things to take into consideration.

These findings are in contrast to an article that VICE ran about sleeping next to your dog. Apparently, a study at the Mayo Clinic found those puppy-lovers who share a bed with a dog sleep worse than people who snooze with humans or alone.

Hoffman’s study is interesting, but it was pretty obvious dogs were going to come out on top. Chances are some dogs out there probably smell better than our partners. Next time you want a good night’s kip, fetch your pup and nestle down for some restful Z’s.

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