Although cats and dogs can be infamous for disturbing our sleep at night, pets are also known for assisting in our ability to get a better night’s rest for several reasons. While a majority of pet owners view their furry friends as family members, it’s no surprise that our beds are overflowing with cold noses and warm hearts. So move aside, spouses – animals are taking over! Me personally? Forget a significant other…I can’t sleep without Wynston! I need him close to me in bed every night, and now he’s become necessary in helping me sleep at night. Here I have for you, the benefits of sleeping with a dog.
The Benefits of Sleeping With a Dog
Lower Blood Pressure
Dogs (and cats) have been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure. High blood pressure can be caused by stress or genetics, but whatever the case, pets can lower it! If you’re going through a particularly stressful time in your life, sleeping with a pet can literally benefit your health according to studies. So do it.
Doing anything with Wynston helps my anxiety. Sleeping is no different. Laying in bed at night worrying yourself sick? Sleeping close to your dog and focusing on them can help reduce anxiety.
Having a dog in bed with you can add a sense of safety. Even if you have an 8lb baby like myself, having a “guard dog” in bed with you creates a feeling of security.
This is a given. You’re never alone when there’s a canine companion in the mix! You’ll never sleep alone 😉
Wynston’s rhythmic breathing can put me to sleep almost immediately. I’ve had a really difficult time sleeping the last six months and I can always count on Wyn to help me. If I put my head up against him, the feeling and sound of his breathing relaxes me and takes all my worries away. I admit I’ve come to count on him during times of restlessness.
Keeps You Warm
Snuggle up to your pup for ultimate warmth! Doggies are like little space heaters. It doesn’t get any better than a beating heart and warm fur up against you at night.
Aids With Depression
As someone who suffers from clinical depression, I know first hand that pets can help people get through even the worst of days. During bouts of depression sleep schedules can be especially difficult to maintain, but dogs help with that. They assist in keeping us to a routine, while helping us battle all of the other side effects that come along with this nasty chemical imbalance.
Sleeping with your dog helps strengthen your bond. Snuggling and sharing space facilitates love and trust. I always kiss Wynston goodnight (several times) and kiss him good morning (several more times). Dogs feel the love, and they return it tenfold.
Do you sleep with your pets?
I sleep with no less than two animals in bed with me every night. McKenzie Rae and Wynston are always with me no matter what. My cats don’t let me sleep soundly at night so a lot of times I have to shut the door to keep them out. I can’t sleep without Wynston. Period. But what about you? Do you sleep with your pets at night? Do you find yourself needing a special animal with you in bed like I do?