With nearly 60 million Americans having at least one dog, pet parents know how difficult it is to say “no” to your four-legged friend. Even if you set rules early on in the puppy days, like not feeding him human food or keeping him off the furniture, you aren’t alone if they didn’t last. (After all, Fido is just too cute!)
When it comes to sleeping, a whopping 75.1% of owners said they let their dogs sleep with them every night. Sharing your organic mattress with your furry friend might seem like a good idea, but is it actually good for both of you?
While there has been debate surrounding the topic for years, many studies find that sleeping with your pet can actually be good for you (just like your Naturepedic mattress). A dog’s protective nature, body warmth, and steady heartbeat can make co-sleeping with them feel safe and cozy.
Here are several scientifically-proven reasons why co-sleeping with Fido can be good for you — and for a good night’s rest.
-Reduces loneliness and depression
If you live by yourself, bedtime can make you feel extra lonely. Luckily, having a dog around is basically like having a 24/7 sleepover pal. A recent study by Medical News Today revealed that 41% of dog owners — particularly those who are single — said sleeping with their four-legged friend made them feel less lonely and more relaxed. Furthermore, research has shown that “animal-assisted activities,” like co-sleeping with your dog or taking Fido on a walk, are effective in treating depression. Participants in the research who regularly performed activities or therapy with their dogs reported less depressive symptoms.
-Improves sleep quality
It may surprise you to learn that people who share their bed with their dog actually get better sleep. In an extensive study, researchers at the University of Florida found that people who slept with their dog “disturbed less” during the night and associated bedtime with comfort and security. This is because interacting with dogs releases oxytocin — the same happy hormone that contributes to relaxation and stress-relief. With your furry friend by your side, you’ll feel relaxed, comfy, and safe enough to get those coveted eight hours.
-Promotes theta brainwaves
Beyond improving your overall sleep quality, dogs can also help you achieve deeper sleep. Studies have shown that sleeping with Fido — and the chemicals released as you do — promote theta brainwaves, which only occur during the REM sleep cycle. Plus, yours and Fido’s heartbeats sync up overnight, which is further proof of the calming effect your dog has on your brain as you sleep.
Another health benefit of snuggling up with your dog is their ability to put you at ease and maximize your comfort. In a series of studies, researchers found that support animals can reduce a person’s chance of experiencing nightmares. Dogs can even help those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, especially those that have trouble sleeping through the night. By letting Fido on the bed, you’ll realize how much he loves lying next to you, which will contribute to that overall cuddly atmosphere that makes you feel optimally comfortable.
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