Researchers at Central Queensland University say a new study has found people get a better night’s sleep with pets in their bed rather than a partner. The researchers undertook an online study into sleep patterns with more than 13,000 people earlier this year.
Professor Drew Dawson says about 70 per cent of respondents were regularly woken at night. “Partners were more likely to be disruptive than pets, and particularly people reporting partners who snored and partners who got up to go to the toilet and therefore turned the lights on,” he said. “Again, one of the things that is very interesting in the way bedrooms have changed in the last 20 or 30 years is the extent to which ensuite bathrooms have intruded into the bedroom.”
Professor Dawson also says the study found more than a third of all workers doze off on the job. “Interestingly the more work you do – that is the more hours you work, the less sleep you believe you need,” he said. “Also managers, the more senior they were, thought they needed much less sleep to perform well. I think there’s many people in workplaces that would agree with them.”