Whether or not you should bring your dog to bed has been debated endlessly. Those against sleeping with their pet dogs believe that this could transfer bacteria and is rather unhygienic as the dog goes outdoors, lies around in the mud. But then there are those who cannot do a moment without their dogs and subsequently end up sleeping with them.
Let’s put these theories to rest and count the innumerable benefits of snuggling up with your dog at bedtime. You could actually be doing yourself a favour by sharing your bed with them.
1. Dog gives you a goodnight’s sleep
The insomniacs in particular have a world of gain from this practice. By holding your dog in your arms when you go to bed can take away all your anxiety, paranoia, and suffuse your brain with a sense of calm and ease. All the inherent fear and anguish you nurse through the day dispel with just an act as simple as cuddling up with your dog at bedtime.
2. Dog makes you feel safe and cosy
Dogs radiate body heat when you snuggle up next to them. I have an aunt who pushes her feet under her Golden Retriever’s belly when she goes to sleep. That apparently keeps her warm and cosy through the night, and she sleeps peacefully. The dog’s fur transmits heat to your body which keeps you cosy in a cold winter night.
3. Dog takes away your depression
Many people suffering from chronic depression have been advised to sleep with their dogs for its therapeutic effect. Just as they relieve you of stress and anxiety, dogs can work as the medical equivalent of anti-depressants by providing you with unconditional love and loyalty. They slowly relax your nerves and make you feel wanted. For a depressive man, a dog is great company, and an even better remedy if they can sleep in the same bed with them.
4. Okay, your dog simply loves it
This is perhaps the best way to pamper your pet. They will adore you more and understand you better if you let them snuggle up next to you in your bed. It builds a bond between you two, one of trust, faith and companionship. You will start communicating with each other better as a result of this. What’s more, you are going to stay warm and cosy all night long.
5. Dog makes you more optimistic
When you take them to bed with you at night, its not just the sheer warmth of their bodies, but the transfer of a positive energy – a vibe of optimism – that lead to a feel-good-factor. Your outlook generally changes to one of optimism owing to their proximity to you. Dogs are believed to heal your mind and drain it off any negative thoughts.
6. Dog improves the quality of sleep
Sleeping with your dog has a psychological effect on you. The moment it cuddles up next to you, its fur transfers a sense of warmth and gives you instant comfort. Your tense nerves ease out almost instantly and you naturally feel light-headed. This impacts your sleep in a big way. The strong sense of security and comfort the dog gives you lead to an undisturbed sleep through the night, and little wonder you wake up the next morning feeling positive and raring to go.
7. Dog relieves you of stress
Those suffering extreme stress and frazzled nerves are advised to get their dogs to sleep with them. Dogs have a natural therapeutic ability to heal your mind, calm your nerves and bring down your blood pressure. The sense of security your pet provides goes a long way in curing and mending people with chronic stress disorder. It is a better remedy than any medication, and the most natural and gentle way to make you feel loved and cared for.