A recent study by the National Institutes of Health, called Are Pets in the Bedroom a Problem?, came to a surprising conclusion: most people who share their beds with pets experience more benefits than drawbacks from the practice.
If you don’t suffer from allergies or a compromised immune system, the two major drawbacks to sharing a bed with your dog are hygiene and sleep disruption.
As long as you can tolerate the smell and hair, and your dog doesn’t wake you up with noise or movement, then co-sleeping with your dog is a win/win.
Sharing a bed with your dog is relaxing and comfortable, and science backs this up. Oh, and it’s good for your dog, too—which is one more reason we love in-home pet sitting (you don’t have to sacrifice the cozy factor!).
The rhythmic sound of your dog’s gentle snoring, breathing, and heartbeat can lower your heart rate. Research backs this up, in fact.
A lowered heart rate is generally correlated with less stress and more relaxation. In other words: better sleep!
Dogs are just plain warm and cozy. Whether big spoon or small, foot warmer or pillow thief, dogs beat a hot water bottle every time.
Just touching a dog can boost your brain’s share of oxytocin—the feel-good chemical known as the “love hormone.” Petting your dog is a relaxing way to ease into sleepy-town.
Simply knowing your dog is there to alert you to danger may help you sleep more deeply.
All that warmth, comfort, and safety is great for dogs too. Co-sleeping can help you develop a strong bond with your dog.
“…it is best for [dogs] to sleep with men
as they become thereby affectionately attached
pleased with the contact of the human body.”
– Arrian of Nicomedia, “Cynegeticus”
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