by ALLYSON SOUZA for www.LittleThings.com
We’ve all heard that we shouldn’t do it: inviting your dog into your bed. People believe it’s dirty, and it’s just not good for you. People have been saying it for years.
But, what if we told you that maybe that isn’t entirely true.
There are actual health benefits to letting your four-legged best friend spend the night, and it isn’t just you who’s better for all that cuddle time.
It’s better for your dog, too!
And who doesn’t want to do everything they can to make sure their little one is as happy as possible?
So to all you dog lovers who love snuggling up with their warm, fluffy buddy at the end of the day, keep doing what you’re doing.
#1: They Give You Comfort
Whether it’s their warm body or rhythmic breathing, there’s just something so comforting about a dog. They make your bed feel even cozier!
#2: They Fight Insomnia
Their presence promotes calm, stress relief, and a feeling of safety. So, basically, they take away all of the things that keep you up at night!
#3: Snuggling With Them Relieves Stress And Anxiety
As therapy dogs have shown, a pooch’s presence is a great stress reliever. Their positive outlook seems to be contagious, and their attentive nature can be very reassuring.
Chances are, you’ll sleep better at night and we all know that better sleep leads to a better day.
It really is a win-win situation for everyone involved!
#4: They Provide Warmth
Their warm bodies and tendency to curl up as close to their humans as possible work as a little radiator in the bed. While this can be tough in the summer, who doesn’t love a little bit of natural warmth on a chilly night?
#5: They Help Fight Depression
One thing that dogs offer without question is unconditional love. For someone battling depression, this type of connection can feel hard to come by. To receive it, with no questions asked, can work wonders during a particularly tough time.
#6: They Make You Feel Safe
Knowing that there is another presence watching over you when you’re at your most vulnerable is such a comforting feeling. Their super hearing and tendency to bark at strangers are all factors in this.
#7: It’s Good For Your Dog, Too
There’s nothing in the world that your dog loves more than you, so allowing them to spend that extra snuggle time will make their day. They receive comfort from you in the same way that you do from them, so this sleep arrangement is good for everyone!
Published by Marcás P. O'Dea
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