New study claims that dogs are kept awake by their worries, just like us
Do you ever get that annoying problem when you go to bed? You lay down after a hard day of doing nothing but sitting on your office chair staring at listicles all day, and suddenly your brain goes into overdrive.
As you lie there, you ponder all the annoying facets of your life, and replay every cringe moment that has ever happened to you: why did I tell that waiter "you too" when he told me to have a nice meal? Why did I try and throw my poo out of the window of my dates house after I clogged their toilet, leading to me being stuck in between their windows? Why did I do that? Tell me, please.
Unfortunately for us, trouble sleeping is something that we all have to deal with, and as it turns out, so do dogs.
According to a recent Hungarian study published by The Royal Society scientific journal, dogs experience disturbed sleep when they are stressed out by the travails of their everyday life that features the taxing tasks of chasing sticks and smelling each other's asses.
I don't know about you, but I don't think there's a sadder thing in life than the idea of a stressed-out pooch.
The study looked at the sleep cycle of dogs who were exposed to either positive or negative emotional experiences before they went off for their forty winks. The positive experiences included the likes being affectionately touched by their owners and just generally getting attention from humans, while the negatives involved being approached by an intimidating stranger and more than likely being told that they're a "bad boy/dog" - which is the most upsetting thing that you can say to our four legged friends.
The results from the tests showed that the dogs who were exposed to positive experiences had a deeper and more consistent sleep, with dreams of infinite tennis balls and unlimited sausages, while those who were stressed before they fell asleep had a more disrupted sleep, with them waking up regularly, staying in REM sleep, and just generally not having a good kip; poor things.
Interestingly, the doggos who had negative experiences pre-sleep actually fell asleep quicker than their unhappy counterparts, which may seem a little odd given that they are upset. However, scientists say this is in line with our behaviour, like when you just run off to bed after having a really s**t day, as you just want to fall asleep and forget about everyone and everything. The dogs who had negative experiences were done for the day, and just wanted to shutout the world for a few hours.
So there you go, dogs suffer from stress as much as we do. Next time time you put your pup to bed, be sure to give them a stroke and tell them they're a good dog - they will have a much better night's sleep because of it.