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Study: Women sleep better with dogs by their side

Posted at 10:15 PM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 07:07:46-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A new study claims that women sleep better with dogs by their side.

According to the Journal of the International Society for Anthrozoology, compared with human bed partners, women reported that dogs in bed disturbed sleep less and were associated with stronger feelings of comfort and security.

Researchers collected survey data online from 962 adult women to investigate the relationships between sleep and pet ownership. The study, based on self-reporting, is not objective. However, dog owners we spoke with agreed with its findings.

"He sleeps in the bed with us or beside it depending on how he feels," said Rachel Taylor, "... he can jump on and off of the bed and it doesn't really bother us."

13 Action News also spoke with dog owner Becky Richey.

"I don't know how scientific the study is but I would agree with it," she said.

Fifty-five percent of participants shared their bed with at least one dog and 31% with at least one cat. In addition, 57% of participants shared their bed with a human partner.

The study found that dog owners had earlier bedtimes and wake times than those who had cats but no dogs. It found that cats were reported to be equally as disruptive as humans and they made owners feel less secure than both dogs and humans.

You can read the study here.