New study says that if you want a good night’s sleep, you need one of these

This bedmate takes up hardly any room and adds a little warmth on a cold night. He can have terrible breath but if you can look past that, it’s just fine.

Humans. They’re the worst right? Not really, but when it comes to sleeping they really aren’t the greatest.

Who decided we were supposed to have someone in our bed anyway? The cavemen had to do it to stay warm obviously and fend off wolves, but that’s not really an issue anymore (unless you are on a camping trip gone horribly awry.) But maybe Rob and Laura Petrie had it right on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Perhaps twin beds are just the way to go.

If you’re anything like me, sharing a bed with someone is a constant battle for territory, blanket coverage, pillows and sometimes just a basic sense of self. But there is one bedmate that has never disappointed me. He takes up hardly any room and yet still makes me feel safe and adds a little warmth on a cold night. He has terrible breath but if you can look past that, it’s just fine. That companion would be my dog. And apparently, I am not alone in this preference.

A new study from researchers at Canisius College found that some women actually sleep better next to dogs than other humans. They interviewed 962 women in the U.S. and found that 55% of their sample shared the bed with at least one dog, 31% with a cat and 57% with a human being.

Interestingly dog owners also had earlier bedtimes and wake times than individuals who had cats but no dogs. A study recently found that children that grow up with dogs have a higher chance of being a CEO or COO.

Dogs for the win

Humans were found to be very disruptive sleep mates as were cats. But those wonderful canines were less likely to cause disruptions. Like a dog is never going to steal your covers in the middle of the night and then insist that you threw them on him the next morning because you got hot in the middle of the night forcing you to question your sanity and basil temperature.

Now, I do sometimes worry about crushing my dog or accidentally pushing him off the bed because he is only 11 pounds but he is pretty aware of where to sleep in the bed so we’ve never had a problem. There is no research to support this, but dogs are also the best dining partners as they never judge you for having another glass of wine and are absolutely fascinated every time you take a bite.

Meredith Lepore|is the Deputy Editor of Ladders and can be reached at mlepore@theladders.com.