Do you sleep with your best friend? Many people do including my wife and I. There has aways been an ongoing debate about this but new studies show there are many health benefits.
“There is an active debate in the pet community about whether or not co-sleeping with your dog is best practice. Some studies show that sleeping with your dog can result in a bad night’s sleep.
However, there are numerous other studies that tout the benefits of letting your dog sleep in the bed with you. For example, sleeping with your pup has many mental benefits such as an increased feeling of safety and comfort. People suffering from PTSD found that sleeping with their pet helped diminish nightmares.
There are physical benefits as well, like the fact that sleeping with your dog releases oxytocin in the brain. This is the chemical that’s released when a person falls in love, or when they are around their baby. The chemical promotes theta brainwaves which are associated with REM sleep. This means it’s likely that you’re sleeping deeper when sleeping with your pet. The chemical also mitigates anxiety and stress, which can help you sleep better.”
13 Reasons to let Fido sleep with you.
“1. Sleeping with Dogs Reduces Depression
Contact with dogs increases the flow of oxytocin, the love chemical.
2. Promotes Theta Brainwaves
The release of oxytocin from theta brainwaves, which occur during REM sleep.
3. Sleeping with Dogs Increases Sense of Security
Having a pet in the bed improved sleep quality for women in one study.
4. Sleeping with Pets Eases Insomnia
Sleeping with a dog mitigates anxiety and reduces hyperarousal.
5. Maximizes Comfort
Support animals diminished nightmares in PTSD patients.
6. Decreases Loneliness
41% of pet owners say sleeping with their pet provides companionship.
7. Sleeping with Dogs Improves Sleep Quality
Sleeping with your dog result in a higher sleep efficiency score.
8. Sleeping with a Dog Reduces Stress
74% of pet owners report improvement in their mental health from pet contact.
9. Lowers Blood Pressure
Human-dog interaction led to lower pressure readings when tested.
10. Strengthen Bond with Your Dog During Nap Time
Sleeping together helps with socialization and makes training easier.
11. Promotes a Healthy Heart
The American Heart Association found a link between pet interaction and decreased hypertension.
12. Reduces Allergies Later in Life
One study found infants who slept with their pets were less likely to develop allergies.
13. Get Better Overall Health by Sleeping with Dogs
Close contact with pets has an array of benefits like lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.”
How do you feel overall about sleeping with your dog?