Sharing your bed with your pooch could see you have a better nights sleep according to new scientific research.
A new study has found that allowing your dog to sleep on your bed can lead to a better nights sleep kiss1065.com.au reports. The study found that while cats and other people could cause sleep disturbance, dogs were unique in helping a person sleep better.
Comfort and Security
962 women in the US took part in the study which examined their sleep quality and sleep routine in relationship to pet ownership and bed sharing. It was found that having a dog share your bed created strong feelings of comfort and security, both conducive to sleep, and far outranked the positive sleep effects of sharing your bed with cats or even your partner! Dog owners also tended to have a better sleep routine. “Dog ownership and its associated responsibilities may cause individuals to adhere to a stricter routine,” the study found. “Keeping to a consistent sleep schedule may be beneficial to dog owners.” If only dogs could also put kids to bed and prevent your partner from snoring!
The Importance of Boundaries
While we think the study proves just how important our dogs are to us, we also think it’s a good idea to keep some boundaries in place and remember that, as much as they may act like humans, we can’t always treat them like they are.
Having your dog in your bed shouldn’t come at the expense of a positive relationship with your partner or the cleanliness of your sheets!
So if it starts to become more of a hindrance then a help, maybe it’s worth setting up a spot for them on the floor instead.
Would you let your dog sleep in your bed every night? Let us know in the comments!