Dogs are a man’s best friend, and our canine buddies are almost always with us when we’re at home. With that said, many pet parents feel that a dog should have his or her own bed rather than cuddling up on yours every night.
There’s actually a bit of a stigma about letting your dog sleep in your bed; dogs are considered to be a bit dirty, and some people think that letting them sleep with you is a step too far.
As it turns out, there are several benefits to letting your furry friend share your bed on a nightly basis. So if you’re a dog lover and want a valid reason for letting your dog on your bed at night, here’s seven!
1. It reduces stress, anxiety, and depression
This is a benefit for the both of you. Dogs have long been understood to actually help their owners sleep better when they are exposed to all of these conditions. This is because dogs express consistent love and adoration for their masters, which helps reduce these issues significantly.
Cuddling with your four-legged friend at night is a great way to make you relax and unwind from the day’s stresses.
In fact, this stress and anxiety release goes both ways. When either people or dogs cuddle in close, a brain chemical called oxytocin is released. Oxytocin is a naturally occurring chemical that is a stress reliever; in fact, it’ll even lower your blood pressure.
For your dog, the closeness will also dispel any stress that they are feeling as well. It’s important to remember that dogs communicate through scent and action, so cuddling with your favourite canine will help them realise that they are indeed a good boy or girl, which will reduce their stress levels.
2. It makes them happy and loyal
When you sleep with your dog in the bed, they really get to know your scent. The single most important sense for a dog is their sense of smell, so having them in your bed where there is a lot of material with your scent, actually fosters a deeper connection with your dog. This connection will ensure that your pet will always remain happy and loyal.
One of the most obvious signs of an unhappy dog is when they chew up furniture, your favourite shoes, or just act out in general. When they sleep and relax on a piece of furniture like your bed that smells like you, then their emotional state will brighten up significantly, which will reduce the chance of them destroying your favourite shoes!
We don’t always have our dogs from when they are puppies, and sadly, sometimes dogs are rescue dogs that have gone through a tough time. When you bring these vulnerable and sometimes unhappy dogs into your bed, they will get to know you by your scent, which will pave the way for a more trusting relationship and a happier dog.
3. You feel safe (and so do they)
We all want to feel safe at night and cuddling is one of the best ways for us to feel this way. Once again, cuddling causes the release of oxytocin in both your brain and your favourite canine’s. This chemical helps you feel good and safe during the night.
Additionally, dogs are great protectors; you know that if something is wrong, your dog won’t hesitate to bark and wake you up, even if they are smaller. Feeling this sense of safety is a great way to ensure that you get a good night’s rest.
Also, from your dog’s perspective, when you cuddle with him or her, they will feel much safer because of your proximity and size. Just be sure not to cuddle too deeply, especially if your dog is a smaller breed.
4. They warm you up
Some of us like to feel warm when we go to bed. This can mean making a very uncomfortable situation for anyone else living in the house, since the heat will be turned up. Even in these situations, some of us can’t seem to get warm enough when we turn in. We sleep with hot water bottles, electric blankets, and warm ourselves with heaters to no avail. Well, did you know that dogs are a great source of warmth?
A dog’s average temperature ranges from 38.3 to 39.2 degrees Celsius. This is several degrees warmer than us, so if the heat is out or you just can’t seem to shake that shivery feeling, then cuddle up to your furry friend and sleep the night away in warm comfort. Just be 100 percent certain that your dog isn’t overheating; remember, they only have sweat glands on their paws, so too much warmth can be detrimental. If your dog is panting or sweating around their paws, cool them off in the room a bit by turning down the heat or giving them a drink of water.
5. Both of you get a great night's sleep
In Australia, as much as 33 percent of the adult population suffers from insomnia. That’s a lot of people that are having trouble getting to sleep. As a result, people try everything to get to sleep in an easier way, including prescription drugs, glasses of warm milk, and meditation. Insomnia can even lead to health problems like obesity and heart disease. Did you know that having your dog sleep in your bed is a great way to relieve this sleeplessness?
Since sleeping with your dog can help alleviate mental issues like stress, anxiety, and depression, which are the leading causes of insomnia, simply having a canine friend in bed with you may immediately relieve your insomnia and provide a great night’s sleep.
Additionally, it’s even thought that the sound of a dog’s breathing can actually lead to you sleeping better because it serves as a type of white noise. Also, since your dog will be surrounded by your scent, they will have an easier time calmly nodding off as well.
6. It helps you relax
Sometimes, we just need to switch off and come down from a busy and stressful day. Dogs are natural sources of relaxation; nothing is quite as relaxing as patting your furry friend. And more than a few pet owners can tell you that there is no surer way to nod off than cuddling with your buddy!
This extra relaxation is a major plus to sleeping with a dog. You can simply pat them and watch a little television, and soon, you’ll be ready to go right to sleep.
7. You've got someone to sleep in with
There’s nothing better than waking up on the weekend and realising that there’s not much to do, and watching a little TV. When you’ve got your best buddy in bed with you, sleeping in and lounging around a bit before getting up is extra satisfying. The greatest gift that dogs give us is their companionship; we form truly close bonds with them, and sleeping in with them from time to time can feel very rewarding.
Dogs actually need four hours more sleep a day than us, so you can rest assured that your furry friend won’t mind sleeping in a few extra hours on the weekend.
Our canine buddies are our number one fans, so letting them sleep in the same bed as you can actually be rewarding for both parties. Remember, they love you, so letting them sleep in the same bed will absolutely make them incredibly happy, and a happy dog makes for a happy human!
How do you feel about having your dog sleep in your bed?