Every now and then when my sister visits, her dog will stay in my room and while it’s all fine at first, when I actually get to sleep, he immediately tries to take the space that I’m laying in.
It all culminates when I wake up with a jump scare because I’m hanging half off the bed and bloody Harry is sprawled out over the whole width of a double bed, which is quite impressive for a fairly small dog.
Apparently women prefer this to sharing a bed with a man. Pretty eye-opening stuff there.
For some reason, research went into how women sleep when sharing a bed with a dog over a man, and the results were heavily in favour of the canines. It’s a tale as old as time; a man’s best friend sleeping with his wife.
One thing that dogs have over men when it comes to sharing a bed with women is added security. The research showed that women can feel vulnerable when sleeping alone, and the addition of a dog goes some way to inhibiting that issue. More so than the addition of a human man, somewhat surprisingly.
Another benefit of dogs over men is them being “less disruptive” in the bed. This bit is lost on me, going by my Harry the dog experiences, but then again, I can’t speak for what other men are like in your bed.
They probably snore more than dogs and have more of a proclivity for trying to shag you. So I suppose dogs do have their benefits.
Dr. Christy L. Hoffman conducted the experiment and said that while the results are pretty conclusive, they should absolutely be taken with a pinch of salt. She explained:
“[The] keyword here is perception, this [study is based on] individuals self-reporting how they feel their sleep is affected’ and it’s ‘important to note that this is based on aggregated data and an average of responses, so getting a dog won’t solve everyone’s sleep problems.“
She went on to say that she plans to conduct a similar experiment on whether men prefer to share a bed with dogs over women.
We’ll keep you updated.
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