Once you officially decide to adopt a dog, you'll want to be on the lookout for certain breeds and personality types that match your lifestyle. Outdoorsy? Find a dog with lots of energy. Homebody? Look for a pup who'd be cool with chilling on the couch. And so on.
But what if you have trouble sleeping? While this won't be the only factor that helps you decide on a certain dog, it can be important to consider dogs with personality traits that'll contribute to a secure, restful atmosphere. For example, "if you live alone and feel nervous at night, a [protective dog breed] can be very helpful," Mychelle Blake, MSW, CDBC, a certified dog behavior consultant, tells Bustle. "If it's more of an issue of needing companionship, really any breed of dog would work well, but [you may want to] gravitate towards dogs known for being more affectionate."
Of course, it's also helpful to look for breeds that are less likely to keep you up at night, possibly by barking or feeling anxious themselves. To learn more about a dog's habits, "talk to the shelter or rescue staff to find out how the dog interacts with volunteers and staff it's familiar with to find out more about its personality," Blake says.
You can narrow down your search by considering the breeds listed below, which experts say can make great companions if you're looking to feel safe and secure. And that may just help you get good sleep.