Apparently this has been proven.  If you are having trouble sleeping, and you have a little dog, grab that little fella...you will probably sleep better.  That is, if you are a woman.

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The same study that showed that dogs are great companions, also showed that cats did not provide the same restful sleep results.

"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 research stated.

The study also compared female pet owners who slept with dogs versus cats. Apparently, those with dogs by their side slept better than those with cats in their beds. 

"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."

We have always had little dogs.. like I'm talking 10-12 pounds or less.  And they sleep on their own pillow at the head of the bed.  Sleeping quietly in a ball.  It's actually very cute.  When we were growing up, we had a cat that would sleep at the foot of the bed and just became a big ol' brick.  But maybe that was just my experience.

Either way, I'm all about this deal... that is, as long as your pet is trained.  Like potty trained.  After that point (like after at least a year) go ahead and let them sleep with you. You might just get a better night's sleep and who doesn't want that?

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