Sharing a bed and sleeping with another human has a lot of benefits. It can lower the levels of cortisol, boost oxytocin, the hormone that can reduce anxiety, and give a sense of safeness and securities. Several studies have proven these benefits.
But what about sharing your bed with your pets, such as your dog?
There was a recent study published in the Anthrozoös journal that tackled about the benefits that women will get from sharing their bed with a dog. The study was titled “An Examination of Adult Women’s Sleep Quality and Sleep Routines in Relation to Pet Ownership and Bedsharing.”
962 women with pets were surveyed in the United States. The results showed that 55% of the respondents share their bed with their dogs, 31% with their cats, and 57% with human partners.
The study revealed that sharing the bed with a dog is less hassle than sharing a bed with a cat. This statement was also supported as dogs can provide feelings of comfort and security.
According to the research,
“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. Conversely, cats who slept in their owner’s bed were reported to be equally as disruptive as human partners, and were associated with weaker feelings of comfort and security than both human and dog bed partners.”
However, a lot of inquiry and study are still needed to know if the perception of a human towards their pet has a connection on their quality of sleep. More tests and studies too are needed to know what makes the dog a good sleeping buddy.
In the end, Science has finally supported that sleeping with your dog has indeed benefits. So it doesn’t only base on our love for our dogs now or us being biased.
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