Why You Should Let Your Dog Sleep With You
Written by: Brandi Monasco
I’m one of the many people that allow my dogs on the couch. They are like my kids, so much so that they even sleep in the bed with me at night.
I know what you’re thinking – Ew! Right?
Well, my little balls of fur are pretty clean for being dogs, so they’re allowed on the couch and the bed. In fact, what many people may not realize is that allowing your dog (or dogs) to sleep in the bed with you provides some pretty amazing benefits!
Sleeping with your dog can help you fight depression and anxiety. There are types of therapy dogs that help their owners with stress and depression. The same can be said about your own little puff ball. Cuddling, talking to, or simply just touching your dog at night releases chemicals in your brain that allows you to calm down and relax.
Sleeping with your dog can help you sleep better. Since sleeping with your dog allows you to calm down and helps with anxiety and depression, having them in your bed can actually help you get better sleep. One study shows that the rhythmic breathing and heartbeat of your dog, along with just their soothing presence, allows you to feel more at ease and can help you sleep better at night.
Sleeping with your dog can help you feel safe. You’re usually more vulnerable when you’re asleep, so having someone watch over you during the night can be a big relief to many people. Knowing that you have a being in the bed with you watching over you and protecting you while you sleep can ease your mind and help you sleep better.
Sleeping with your dog helps your brain chemistry. When you sleep with your dog, you tend to feel more stress free, more comforted and even safer and these feelings are reactions that are taking place in your brain. Cuddling your pet and even just touching them releases oxytocin from your brain, which is the “cuddle” and “feel-good” chemical. When this chemical is released, you feel more relaxed, have more trust and are more psychologically stable.
So, if you are one of the many people who let your dog sleep with you at night, congrats! You’re already getting the many benefits of cuddling with your dog at night. If you’re not, you should really give it a try for just one night. You never know how you could feel the next morning!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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