It is an ever-growing debate in the dog community, whether it is good or bad to sleep with your dog. It goes without saying that a dog and a man have always been best friends, and for most of us, having a dog is like having a family member.
Bringing this fluffy and furry friend in your life can completely change it forever. While some studies show that sleeping with your dog can result in a night of inadequate sleep, others show that there are various benefits of sleeping with your dog.
There are both physical and mental benefits of co-sleeping with your dog. Let’s have a look at some of the benefits of co-sleeping with your dog.
A recent study found that more than half of the pet owners allow their dogs to sleep in the same bed because it makes them feel comfortable. Snuggling up with your dog can make you feel better at the end of a long and tiring day, and sleeping with the dog can prolong this feeling.
Also, if you suffer from nightmares or restlessness during sleeping, then having a living being aside, you can be a comfort and relief.
Even after having an electric blanket, hot water bottle, and a heater switched on, you still feel cold and then it’s time to sleep with your dog.
Dogs are super genius at keeping themselves warm and don’t even need thick blankets. It uses its fur to keep the chill off as they have layers of coats, each of which performs a different job to either keep heat in or reflect it back out. So if you live in colder regions, then get your dog to sleep with you. Your dog will warm up your bed quickly and maintain a cozy temperature.
In case you suffer from hypertension, having a dog can lower your blood pressure. In a study, around 60 male and female participants had their blood pressure measured while they petted a dog. Results showed that the blood pressure was lowest while petting.
Act of touching and stroking the dog has the most significant impact, so touching and cuddling your dog while sleeping can reduce blood pressure and alleviate symptoms of high blood pressure.
Co-sleeping with your dog can surely strengthen the bond between you and your dog. This is especially true in cases of rescued puppies or new puppies that have been separated from their mother.
It is not important to have a guard dog or train your dog to be aggressive against humans. But just knowing that the bark of your dog means someone tried the door makes you feel safe. Sharing bed with your dog will give you the reassurance that no matter how deep you sleep, your dog’s sensitive hearing will catch anyone trying the door or messing with the letterbox.
Many people have insomnia. Such people reach for prescription drugs, sleeping tablets, or even herbal medicines. Insomnia is indeed a crippling problem, but sleeping with your dog is good for your mental health and can help beat insomnia.
It will surely be a great treat for the dog to sleep in bed with his loved ones instead of sleeping alone in a doggie bed on the floor.
Some people prefer sleeping with their dogs just because they like it. You don’t always need reasons to spend time with your beloved furry friends!