Study: Women experience better sleep with dogs by their side

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- A new study has good news and bad news for women pet owners who sleep with their pets.

According to the study, which was published in the journal Anthrozoös, collected survey data from 962 adult women in the U.S. to investigate relationships between pet ownership and human sleep. The study found that those who shared a bed with a dog had earlier bed times and wake times than those with cats but no dogs.

According to the study, when compared with human bed partners, dog who slept in their owner's bed were perceived to have disturbed the sleep less, and were associated with stronger feelings of comfort and security.

The study also had bad news for cat owners, because it found that cats who slept in their owners 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.

The study's abstract did note, however, that follow-up research is needed to determine of pet owner's perceptions of pets' impact on their sleep is aligned with objective measures of sleep quality.

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