With 56% of pet owners allowing pets to sleep in their bed, the sleep experts at MattressNextDay have shared six scientific health benefits of letting your pet sleep in your bed.
This means that the remaining 44% of pet owners aren’t reaping the health benefits of co-sleeping with their furry four-legged friend. This may be because the dog owners are aware of pet allergies or feel like their sleep will be disrupted, however, there are many ways to overcome these problems.
MattressNextDay have highlighted the health benefits of allowing your furry four-legged friend to sleep in your bed:
You’ll have deeper sleep
Studies have shown that sleeping with a pet helps you relax and increases your flow of oxytocin, which can have a profound impact on how deeply you sleep. Sleeping with your pet helps promote brainwaves and syncs your heartbeat, which helps you enter REM (the deepest stage of sleep). So, next time you are sleeping near your pet, imagine your hearts beating together at the same time to help you drift off more quickly.
You’re less likely to have nightmares
Sleeping with your pet is also more likely to stop any nightmares from occurring, and even help those that are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is because pets help mitigate anxiety, which is often associated with nightmares and PTSD, due to being hypervigilant. This, therefore, creates a more positive sleeping environment, making it easier for you to fall asleep.
You’ll feel more secure and protected
Further studies show that the presence of a dog in bed positively impacts women’s sleep quality due to making them feel more secure and comfortable. Logically thinking about it – your dog’s instinct is to protect and will let you know if they sense something that is off. This, therefore, subconsciously makes women feel more secure when sleeping alone.
Your stress levels will be lowered
Almost 3/4 (74%) of pet owners report that their mental health improved after purchasing or adopting one. Not only does cuddling your pet lead to the release of oxytocin (the ‘love hormone’) as previously mentioned, but it reduces stress and elevates your mood. This, therefore, makes it easier for you to fall asleep at night, given that stress is one of the most disruptive factors for a good night’s sleep.
Your blood pressure will also be lowered
Similarly, studies have found that interacting with your pet can lead to lower blood pressure readings. So, what more of an excuse do you need to cuddle your dog before you plan to sleep?
You’re less likely to have allergies
While there’s been many debates about whether you should sleep with your pet due to potential allergies, a study found that children who sleep with their dogs are less likely to have allergies later in life.