Students of Canisius College, Buffalo interviewed 962 women about their sleeping habits. The students discovered 55% of women who slept in the same bed with at least one dog got a better night's sleep than they would beside their partner (male or female).
The reasons for the better quality of shut-eye: dogs were less likely, according to respondents, to wake up in the middle of the night. Furthermore, women who often slept alone felt more secure with a dog beside them; the canine providing, “a greater measure of security and comfort than either humans or cats," according toThe Animal Rescue Site.
So too did women feel as though the dog was more devoted to their welfare than a partner who may, after a long day, care little for night-time comforting and cuddles.
Why should we be wary?
It may be tempting, with this research in hand, to urge our dog to join us in bed, but the arguments against are equally valid.
Some dogs are intensely restless at night, and many – especially of the brachycephalic breeds – snore as loudly as a human.
Furthermore, if you suffer with allergies you should be careful. Dogs are constantly picking up allergens from outdoors; they will leave these unseen on the bed clothes.
Finally, the tendency of a dog to exhibit jealousy and aggression when on the bed may hopefully be enough to convince you not to sleep with your dog.
Whatever you decide, be sure that the decision is right for all of the family!