• Allison McMIllian

Study shows women sleep better next to dogs

In a study done by Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., researchers studied the sleep patterns of women who sleep with humans, cats, or dogs. The study suggested that women sleep better with dogs rather than cats or humans.

The study included 962 women in the U.S. 55 percent of women participating in the study slept in their bed with at least one dog, and 31 percent slept with at least one cat.

Dog owners tended to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier rather than women who had no dogs. Human partners who slept in the same bed tended to disturb one another more often than dogs who slept with their humans. Dogs also made their humans feel more comfortable and secure, the study suggested.

“Dog ownership and its associated responsibilities may cause individuals to adhere to a stricter routine,” researchers said. “Keeping to a consistent sleep schedule may be beneficial to dog owners.”

Cats who slept with their human disturbed them the same if not more than a human partner. Felines also reportedly did not give their human comfort or security like dogs did.

According to Taylor & Francis Online, "Our findings did not show a strong relationship between pet ownership status or bedsharing conditions and sleep quality as assessed by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), although according to this measure, a high percentage of study participants did experience sleep quality deficits."