The dog owners among us will be well-aware of the joys of sleeping next to a beloved pooch, with their occasional face licking, snoring and wriggles a small price to pay for the cuteness of seeing them sprawled out on your duvet.
But still, we love when scientific evidence proves what we’ve known all along.
A study entitled “An Examination of Adult Women’s Sleep Quality and Sleep Routines in Relation to Pet Ownership and Bedsharing” examined 962 women living in the USA to see how pet ownership impacted sleep.
It found 55 per cent of participants let at least one of their dogs sleep in their bed, while 31 per cent shared their bed with at least one cat.
According to the study, 57 per cent of participants also shared their bed with their human partner. The research said that while cats and human partners were “disruptive”, dogs were a dream to share a bed with.
Whether you have an enormous guard dog who snoozes at the foot of your bed, or a small dachshund who curls up beside you underneath the covers, it seems that dogs have an innate ability to comfort us and help us sleep soundly without disturbing us.
Unlike human partners and cats (hey, that’s what the study says).
Not only do our dogs love to cuddle us up but it turns out they’re also kept up at night thinking about their problems.
A study published by The Royal Society scientific journal found that our furry four-legged friends also struggle to nod off due to their troubles, meaning that once again we have something in common with them.
Looking into dog’s sleeping patterns the study measured how they sleep after positive or negative emotional experiences, like being called a good boy and having their head scratched, or being approached by a stranger, before they caught 40 winks.
As you’d expect, like us, doggos were found to have a restless night’s sleep, tossing and turning following the negative experience. On the other hand, a positive experience prior to bed enabled them to have a more consistent sleep.
Once again it’s glaringly evident that dogs are the friends and companions in our lives we don’t deserve but definitely need.