Saturday Smile!

Take a dog to bed!

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For some women, a dog in the bed is so much better than a human

By MARY JO DILONARDO   November 28, 2018,

Women who sleep with dogs also tend to go to bed and wake up earlier. (Photo: Rasulov/Shutterstock)

Some nights, it’s easier to sleep well when you have company — but the nature of that company can make a difference.

A new study finds that some women sleep more soundly if they share the bed with a dog instead of another person. Researchers from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, collected online survey data from 962 adult women in the United States. Their work was published in the journal Anthrozoös.

Of the participants, 55 percent shared their bed with at least one dog and 31 percent with at least one cat. In addition, 57 percent slept with a human partner. (There were likely women who slept with pets and people, but that wasn’t detailed in the study.)

The researchers found that sleeping in the same bed with their dogs led women to a better night’s rest than sleeping with a cat or with another person.

“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,” the study abstract reads. “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.”

The study also found that dog owners typically went to bed and got up earlier than people who had cats, but no dogs.

The study’s authors say more research is needed to see if pet owners’ perceptions of how their furry friends impact their sleep actually line up with objective measures of sleep quality. But as far as they’re concerned, dog owners think their pets are helping them sleep, so that’s why they’re welcome in the bed.

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What a lovely tale! Taken from here.

21 thoughts on “Saturday Smile!

  1. Hi Paul I sleep pretty soundly and always have. For most of my life I’ve had a dog in the room. But I am an extreme night owl and get up late ( fortunately I am retired now) so I certainly don’t fit that particular pattern identified in the study. I have 2 small dogs and a Queen size bed. A few years ago, I moved into my own bedroom so that I didn’t disturb my husband, as he is a light sleeper, likes to go to bed early and get up early. Occasionally, to his dismay, the 2 cats sneak into his bedroom. As for me, (I’m reluctant to say) that my comfy bed in my own bedroom is probably my favourite place in the world to be – as long as I have my IPad and my 2 dogs. 🙂

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    1. Oh, you paint a lovely scene, Margaret. We, here, are both early to bed, I’m pleased to say, and say ‘good night’ to the world around 9pm. Plus, of course, our six dogs! Although not all six get on the bed but usually our two smaller friends, Sweeny and Pedi, cuddle up with us. Anyway, you describe a beautiful home life.

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      1. I have a terminal illness. So does my sister. She has a dog but has already made arrangements for her placement at her passing. I have no one that will care for one once I’m gone. It wouldn’t be fair. I will dog sit though. Getting my fuzzy loving from neighbors and friends pets.

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      2. It’s life. At least I have the time to get my affairs in order instead of being blindsided. My daughter is moving in next month to help. This isn’t a short term illness but when it’s ready, it goes quick. Our mother had it as well so at least I know what I’m dealing with. Every day is a gift. I know you and Jean understand that. No guarantees.

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      3. Well I am bound to say that the only guarantee in life is the end. But that sounds a little trite; not meant to be? You seem to have things arranged as best as you can. What else can I say but to take each day as it comes, write down your thoughts and don’t watch the news!

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      4. You make me laugh, Paul. I do journal my journey daily. I have years worth of journals As for watching the news, I’ve watched for many years in fast forward with the sound off until I get to something I really want to learn about then watch it and go fast forward once again. It keeps me aware but not overwhelmed with the insanity. Everyone thought I was nuts to do this for so many years but it saves the nervous system. I’m very pragmatic about life which includes death and all that comes with it. Just figure I’ll keep donating to the rescue sites and humane society and help out anyway I can in the meantime. Don’t worry about sounding trite. 🙂 I understand what you are meaning and thank you. Still keeping good thoughts for Jean.

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      5. That seems very wise regarding the news! I suspect you and me (and Jeannie) feel the same way about ‘stuff’. Despite having an interesting life I have only found in Jeannie a soul mate of the first order. We met in 2007 so it’s a recent relationship. But one that gives me, and Jeannie, much happiness in this autumnal phase of our lives. Fondest wishes to you!

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  2. So, so true. I may get a dog this month. I’ve been unwell, so we’ll see if it works out. I can only hope that some force in the universe will aid me every bit of the way.

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