You’ve probably heard for years that letting your dog onto your bed is a bad idea. Depending on what your dog has gotten into that day, they could be dirty or even carrying dangerous germs. Plus, cleaning up that dog hair (or those muddy paw prints) is such a pain in the neck. And a slobbery 7 AM wake up call? Maybe not the best thing to look forward to everyday. We get why people don’t want their dog sleeping with them, truly, we do – but we also get why some people love to sleep with their dog! Not only is it fun to cuddle with your four-legged best friend, but there are actually some surprisingly legitimate ways that sleeping with your pooch positively influences your health. Check out these seven reasons why you should share your bed with Fido tonight.
1. Dogs Ease Anxiety
2. Dogs Provide Protectionstudies have found.
3. Dogs Keep Us Warm
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4. Dogs Love The Attention
5. Dogs Comfort Us During Sleeprecent study found that the sense of security you get from sleeping with your dog — knowing that they’re keeping you safe, like we mentioned above — actually helps insomnia and gets you a better night’s sleep. What does this come down to? Comfort. Dogs help to provide an anxiety-free sleep, which helps your brain shut down for the night without any fuss. Your ticket to a better night’s sleep might be right at the foot of your bed.
6. Dogs Are Good For Our Brain Chemistrytouching pets raises levels of oxytocin in our bodies. Oxytocin, also known as the “cuddle chemical,” increases our feelings of relaxation, trust, and psychological stability. Releasing these chemicals is not just beneficial for your mood and mental health, but it’s actually healthy for the brain, too.
7. Dogs Prevent Depression
You probably saw this coming, but dogs are a huge help for people struggling with depression. Those oxytocins encourage happiness and leave us with a sense of mental well-being and security. On top of these neurological and chemical benefits, studies have found simply having the undivided attention and loyal love of a dog is enough to help you battle depression.
What do you think of this reasoning? Will you try out sleeping with your dog – or do you already? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.