If the thought of Fido sleeping alone in another room makes your head spin at night, we have good news. Sleeping next to your dog has health benefits.
At a time when most of us feel much more stressed, anxious and lonely than usual, the dog experts at tails.com have good news. Letting your dog sleep next to you in bed is actually much more beneficial than you think.
Newborn puppies cuddle because that’s where they feel safest and most comfortable – it’s their nature. If your dog wants to sleep next to you, it’s because he sees you as part of the pack – but he’s not the only one who likes to snuggle at night! Here are five reasons why sleeping with your furry friend next to you could improve your health and well-being.
- being close to your dog can reduce depression.
Dogs are like an antidepressant. Spending time with your pup, even if it’s just looking into his eyes, releases oxytocin. Oxytocin, commonly known as the “love hormone” or the “cuddle hormone,” is released when you look at your dog, and the feeling is mutual. If just looking at your dog makes you happier, imagine what a hug can do.
- dogs make you feel safer
A survey conducted by Policy Expert revealed that 41% of people feel safer living with a dog, and 75% believe that having a dog makes it less likely that they will break into their home.
You are more vulnerable in bed, especially if you live alone. So you’ll feel safer with your dog snuggled up next to you. This sense of security also carries over to restful sleep.
- Dogs can relieve stress and anxiety.
Tough day at work? When we go to bed at night, we tend to worry and overthink, which translates into a bad night’s sleep. Spending time with our dogs, either walking them or having them lie next to us in bed, can reduce our cortisol levels, the hormone our body releases when we are stressed.
Reducing cortisol levels doesn’t just have mental health benefits. The release of cortisol can cause an increase in blood pressure, which can lead to various complications, such as heart attacks, strokes and memory problems.
- dogs can sleep through the night
If one of your biggest fears is that a restless puppy will wake you up in the middle of the night, you don’t need to worry. Just like us, dogs naturally produce melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles. Even if your dog sleeps much more during the day than you do, he is likely to sleep through the night with minimal interruption. He may even sleep more soundly when he knows you are nearby than when he is in another room.
- dogs are friendly
Letting your dog sleep next to you in bed can save you money on your heating bill. Dogs have a higher body temperature than we do, averaging between 37.8 and 39.17 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes them the perfect alternative to a hot water bottle (which gets cold after a while anyway) or an expensive heating bill.