Inviting your dog into your bed, We've all heard that we shouldn't do it. People believe it's dirty, and it's just not good for you. People have been saying it for years.
So is it safe or dangerous to have your dog sleep in your bed with you?
Dog owners have a different view on this problem. Some think it’s unhygienic, while others think it’s good for both them and their dog. But now research shows that there are actually many advantages to letting your dog curl up in bed with you.
Scroll down to find seven reasons why letting your dog sleep with you in bed is a good idea.
They Give You Comfort
Whether it's their warm body or rhythmic breathing, there's just something so comforting about a dog. They make your bed feel even cozier!
They help you fall asleep
Their presence promotes calm, stress relief, and a feeling of safety. So, basically, they take away all of the things that keep you up at night!
Snuggling With Them Relieves Stress And Anxiety
As therapy dogs have shown, a pooch's presence is a great stress reliever. Their positive outlook seems to be contagious, and their attentive nature can be very reassuring.
They provide warmth
Dogs like to be close. When I had a dog, he would always be on my feet when we were sleeping. It could be a problem in summer, but during the cold winter months, it was wonderful to have a little extra warmth in bed.
It Can Improve Sleep Quality
A study from 2017 tracked the movement of both dogs and owners while sleeping over the course of seven nights. The goal was to determine the sleep efficiency of the animal and the human and give them a score out of 100. Sleep efficiency refers to how much time you actually spend sleeping when you’re in bed.
It Can Lower Blood Pressure
Contact with dogs has a number of physical effects on humans, including improving our cardiovascular health. Studies have shown that human-dog interactions, such as petting, can actually lower your blood pressure.
It's Good For Your Dog, Too
There's nothing in the world that your dog loves more than you, so allowing them to spend that extra snuggle time will make their day. They receive comfort from you in the same way that you do from them, so this sleep arrangement is good for everyone!