Do you sleep with your pooch on your bed?

Most people feel that sleeping with their pets can be a cause of disruption. After all, who wants to be woken up by a howling dog in the middle of the night…or a dog that wants to go out for a walk at 6:00 in the morning?

But, did you know that sleeping with your dog is, on the contrary, good for your sleep? 

In this blog post, we will go through a few benefits of sharing your bed with your pooch and hope that we can change your mind about letting your dog in the bed. 

Let’s get started. 

Mayo Clinic conducted a studyto observe the effect of dogs on human sleep and whether or not their physical presence made things any different for us. And, the results were surprising. 

Contrary to popular belief, sleeping with your furry friend helps maintain good sleep efficacy. You might get a good night’s sleep if you share your comfy Sealy bed with your dog! 

There are other benefits of letting your furry friend sleep on your bed. Let’s take a look at them.

1.     Dogs de-stress you

Sharing a bed with your furry friend can help you de-stress after you’ve had a long, hard day. Studies have suggested that sleeping with your dog can help reduce the levels of cortisol in your body—it’s the hormone your body produces when you’re stressed out. High levels of cortisol puts you at risk for heart diseases such as coronary heart disease. So, it’s best to keep the cortisol in your body to a minimum. 

2.     Dogs are cuddly and comfortable to be around

Don’t have anyone to cuddle? At least you’ve got your pooch! 

When you’re stressed, feeling lonely, or looking for comfort, knowing that there’s an animal who loves you unconditionally lying beside you provides you all the support you need. 

3.     Dogs help keep you calm 

Dogs help you keep you calm during stressful times. Studies have suggested that sleeping with your dog can boost the level of oxytocinin your body. This is also known as the “love hormone”, and your body releases it when you’re happy. 

4.     Dogs help fight depression

Dogs are emotionally intelligent beings and they know when you’re feeling sad. They’re excellent at consoling and comforting their loved ones and help them go through tough times. 

Your dog is always there for you—even if you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, your dog will help show it to you!

Summing Things Up! 

Letting your dog sleep with you is something that you should consider. 

Trust us; you won’t regret it one bit. 

Initially, sharing your bed with an animal might feel like you’re kissing goodbye to a good night’s sleep but, you’re actually doing yourself and your health a favor. Sharing the bed with your dog has its benefits, after all. 

Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments! 

Want to sleep better? You may need to get a dog

The presence of a dog is a powerful stress-buster. If you’re struggling to fall asleep each night due to bedtime anxiety, adopting a dog may be all you need to get a better night’s sleep. Here’s how a dog can benefit your sleep.

1. A dog can help you feel more secure
Whether you choose a cute (but yappy) furry friend or a soft (but scary-looking) furry protector, you’ll sleep better knowing you have someone looking out for you.

2. A canine friend can help you relax
Stroking a dog lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. Cuddling a dog has the same benefits as cuddling a human-being- lots of feel-good hormones that make us feel all loved-up and dozy.

3. Owning a pup helps combat loneliness
You have someone to talk to and to look after. Plus feeling loved and appreciated help to ward off depression- a good friend of many sleep disorders such as insomnia and over-sleeping.

4. Pet owners have to follow a routine
There is always someone waiting for you at home who is super-happy to see you and needs feeding. Your dog’s biorhythms and day-night feeding schedule will support your own good sleep schedule.

5. Dog owners go for more walks
Getting fresh air and exercise helps you fall asleep faster at night. More activity during the day means better sleep at night.

Choose the right pet for your family by consulting carefully with animal organisations such as the SPCA . Read more about co-sleeping with your pooch:

Pets – do you let them in or keep them out?

I’ll rather not sleep with my furry friend!

If you are sleeping with your pet, make sure you keep your mattress clean with a good quality mattress protector.

 

Article written by Roxanne Atkinson