Even the most self-proclaimed dog lovers might disagree on this topic. Do you let your pup sleep in bed with you at night? According to a recent survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, nearly half of all pet parents allow their pets to sleep with them at night. As much as we all love our furry friends, some dog owners draw the line when it comes to a night time cuddle session. After all, you couldn’t possibly get a good night’s sleep with your Great Dane taking up half of your bed, or hearing the pitter-patter of little Yorkie paws running across the bed all night. Or could you? If you haven’t cuddled with you dog, here are six pretty convincing reasons why you should!
1. They Provide Warmth
Most people like to get warm and comfy under the covers when settling in for the night. Sleeping with your dog provides extra warmth, comfort and a sense of safety. Forget that extra blanket, your pup will help keep you warm!
2. They Can Help Relive Feelings Of Depression
Dogs offer something that many people are unable to offer – unconditional love and loyalty. When life has you down, your dog will always be there for comfort, without fail. Someone who is feeling depressed may be missing this feeling, especially if friends and family are unavailable for support. The comfort and loyalty that dogs provide can help alleviate some symptoms of depression.
3. They Make You Feel Safe
Dogs have a keen sense of smell, and they can often hear something before you do. Sleeping with your dog allows you to feel just a little bit safer at night, especially when you’re home alone. A pup for a cuddle partner can lead to feeling of security and well-being, and a more peaceful night’s sleep.
4. They Can Help Relieve Stress
Most dogs are very intuitive when it comes to human emotions. They can sense when you’re sad, angry or stressed. Especially when you’re feeling down, a dog loves to be by your side to comfort you and boost your spirits. Therapy dogs are common for this reason. Sleeping with your pet can help relieve stress and better your mood.
5. They Provide Comfort
If you’ve ever snuggled with your dog, or even a stuffed animal, you know that comfy-cozy feeling it brings you. Cuddling with your pup while listening to his simple breathing can bring you a sense of peace and comfort.
6. They Improve Your Sleep Quality
Overall, allowing your dog to cuddle up in your bed at night can greatly improve your sleep quality. His presence will make you feel safe and warm. Listening to his breathing can bring about a strong sense of comfort. And seeing his furry face in the morning will brighten your mood. Not to mention, your pup will love spending the extra time with you!