We all love to spend time around our pets but, for many of us, we prefer to keep them out of our bedroom. But, with studies showing that your dog could help you get a better night’s sleep, it might be time to rethink your house rules.
In this article, I’ll be covering five of the biggest benefits that sleeping with your dog in the room can have, including reduced stress levels and a greater sense of security.
1) They can raise your mood before bed
It’s not uncommon for people to say that being around their dogs make them feel happier, but it’s more than just their cute faces that boost our moods.
A study published in the Science journal found that spending time around your dog and cuddling up with them actually increases your levels of oxytocin, also known as the happiness hormone.
The way we feel when we get into bed can have a big impact on the sleep quality we get.
According to The Sleep Foundation, going to bed feeling anxious or angry can reduce the hours of sleep we get. This means that sleeping with your dog can be particularly helpful if you suffer from mood disorders such as anxiety or depression, as it can heighten your mood before you go to sleep, leaving you feeling well-rested and more positive when you wake up.
2) Their breathing can aid sleep
Sleeping in complete silence is difficult for many people and can even worsen their sleep efficiency, so having some background noise can soothe you to sleep.
If you’re sleeping alone or your partner is away, your dog’s rhythmic breathing can be extremely calming and help you to fall asleep quicker.
This can be especially helpful for light sleepers who may be disturbed by any external noises as your dog’s breathing can drown these out.
3) They offer a greater sense of security
If you live on your own or your partner is away, it’s natural to feel a little vulnerable at times. But, when you have your dog sleeping with you, they can act as a companion and help you to fall asleep quicker.
Plus, as dogs have such good hearing, they’re sure to notice any unusual disruptions going on around or outside of your home.
Dogs offer women in particular a much greater sense of security on a night, as suggested by a study from the Anthrozoös journal.
The research found that women who sleep next to their dogs on a night have better sleep quality than they do when they’re next to their partners. This was all down to the comfort and security people felt when sleeping next to their furry friends.
4) They can help you stick to routines
We’re all guilty of ignoring our alarm from time to time, so, if you find yourself reaching for the snooze button more often than not, having your dog in your room can ensure you get up and out the door on time.
This is because dogs are very in tune with their routines and can quickly learn to associate two things together.
So, it’s not uncommon for them to learn that the sound of your alarm means it’s time to get up and have their breakfast or go outside. Once they begin moving, it’ll be harder for you to have an extra ten minutes in bed, so there’s no excuse for you to be late to work again!
5) They create additional warmth
Dogs love to be close and cuddle up to you so, if you choose to have your pet sleeping in your bed with you, they can help to create a better sleep environment.
This is particularly the case with the temperature as, especially on colder nights, having your dog snuggled up next to you will make you both feel warmer and cosier and contribute to better sleep quality for you.
Many of us will feel calmer if we can feel someone close to us when we’re asleep so, next time you’re feeling a little lonely, try bringing your dog up to bed for some companionship and a more peaceful night’s rest.
There are so many positive effects of having your furry friend sleeping with you, so it might be time to reconsider your boundaries.
Kathryn Eccles is the Ecommerce Manager from pet supply specialist Millbry Hill. She began working with Millbry Hill due to her love of animals and has now been with the company for eight years.