There are two schools of thought when it comes to sharing the bed with dogs. Some studies show that co-sleeping can actually result in a worse night’s rest.
However, the benefits might just outweigh the negative aspects. There are tons of benefits to sleeping with your dog. For instance, animal-assisted activities have been shown to decrease depression symptoms in humans. Sleeping with your dog releases oxytocin which combats stress and anxiety.
That oxytocin also helps your body sleep deeper sleep by promoting theta brainwaves. These are the brainwaves recorded during REM sleep.
Sleeping with your dog also promotes a feeling of increased comfort. In fact, one study found that people suffering from PTSD had decreased nightmares when sleeping next to a dog. The level of comfort a dog brings to the bed helps put you at ease and makes you feel cozy.
Expanding on the physical benefits contact with dogs has on humans, studies show that human-dog interaction (like cuddling or petting a dog) can lead to lower blood pressure readings. This benefit doesn’t stop at night, sleeping with your dog is sure to provide similar benefits!
Most dog-lovers know that there are few better ways to relax and unwind than to snuggle your beloved animals, but it’s a major benefit that there are so many health benefits associated. To expand on the subject, Casper has put together the below visual on the benefits of co-sleeping with your pup.
However, there are some things to keep in mind. You probably should not share your bed with your dog if you or your pup is injured. If you have high allergies to your pet or other health issues that would be exacerbated by sleeping your pet, they should probably opt to sleep on the ground in their own bed.
Use your best judgment and choose the sleeping situation that is right for you!