Women feel more safe and secure when they sleep next to a dog than a human, a new study shows.
Data from 962 adult women was collected and published in the "Journal of the International Society of Anthrozoology ." Fifty-five percent of the women shared the bed with at least one dog, 31% with at least one cat and 57% with a human partner.
Researchers found that women who slept next to a dog woke up fewer times during the night. Dogs "were perceived to disturb sleep less and were associated with stronger feelings of comfort and security," the study states.
The women who slept next to cats did not get the same result.
Cats were found to be as "equally as disruptive as human partners," and were, "associated with weaker feelings of comfort and security than both human and dog bed partners."
According to a study published last year, however, women aren't the only ones who benefit from sleeping next to dogs.
Forty healthy male and female adults were observed in a study. The majority of the people got more rest when there was a dog in the bedroom than when there wasn't.
The Mayo Clinic study did find that sleeping with a dog in the bed disrupted the sleep cycle, as opposed to it sleeping in another part of the room.