5 Reasons Your Dog Should Sleep With You Every Night

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If you own a dog, then you probably know how amazing it feels to cuddle up with him/her in bed after a long day. After an exhausting day of working, cooking, chores, and other responsibilities, who wouldn’t want to lay down and enjoy the warmth and love that man’s best friend can offer?! Some people might say sleeping with pets isn’t hygienic, but as long as your pet is trained, then there shouldn’t be any issues.

In fact, sleeping with your dog provides multiple health benefits that completely outweigh any negatives you might think of. Plus, our furry friends need love and affection too, and what better way to give them that than allowing them a spot in your warm, cozy bed for the night?

If you have a dog, you probably consider them a part of the family, and would do anything you could to keep him/her happy. So, allow us to explain why you should sleep with your dog, and what benefits both you and your furry pal can receive.

You won’t ever want another cuddle buddy after you fall asleep next to your fluffy, adorable best friend. 🙂

5 Reasons Your Dog Should Sleep With You Every Night

1. They provide comfort.

Everyone knows that pets provide companionship, warmth, love, and even security, in some cases. For example, elderly people who live alone can especially benefit from sleeping with a dog at night, for both security and comfort. Anyone with a pet, however, can attest to the sheer bliss that comes from cuddling with him/her, because animals just understand the human condition, somehow. They give us love, support, and comfort without asking for anything in return, and these effects can still be felt while sleeping next to them.

2. They help with insomnia.

So many people today suffer from insomnia that it’s easily become an epidemic. According to the Sleep Health Foundation, 1 in 3 adults have at least mild insomnia, and many sufferers don’t know where to turn for answers. However, sleeping with a dog can help you fall asleep easier due to the comfort, security, and love that pets give so unconditionally. If you have insomnia or just trouble sleeping occasionally, invite your beloved pet to sleep with you one night and see how quickly and effortlessly you head to dreamland. 🙂

3. Dogs can help with depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders.

These conditions sometimes accompany insomnia, as people with depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses tend to ruminate on thoughts which can keep them up at night. However, dogs have proven time and time again to greatly aid in helping people with mental issues, as therapy and service dog owners can attest to. Dogs tend to have a calming effect on humans, especially when they cuddle up close to you and doze off to sleep right by your side. 

4. They act as personal heaters!

Of course in the summer, you might want to take a blanket or two off the bed, but in the winter, a little extra warmth in the bed is usually welcomed. If you live in a cold climate, you’ll find yourself getting attached to sleeping with your pet pretty quickly!

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5. You’ll be helping your dog, too.

Your dog loves you unconditionally, and would do whatever you needed or wanted to make you happy. So, why not return the favor and offer your dog some warmth and comfort, too? The benefits of sleeping with a dog are felt by both you and your beloved pet, so if you still make your dog sleep in the doghouse, you might want to reconsider.

Sources: 
http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(15)00674-6/fulltext
http://sleephealthfoundation.org.au/pdfs/Insomnia.pdf
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