After a long day of work, my favorite way to end the day is by curling up in my bed with my pup, cuddling for a bit, and then going to sleep with her between my legs.
My pup has been sleeping with me nearly every night since I adopted her three years ago. While having my fifty pound dog curled up in the bed with me means less room for me to stretch out and toss and turn during the night, I have found that the benefits have far outweighed any of the costs.
Sleeping with my dog helps me to relax each night. Truthfully, I’m a very anxious person and my mind always seems to run a mile a minute when all I want to do is fall asleep. Sleeping with my dog helps me to feel safe and secure and in the cold winter months she even helps to keep me warm.
But while I love sleeping with my dog, I know that there are many people who advise pet owners NOT to sleep with their dogs. Common reasons people use for advising others not to sleep with their pets are that sleeping with pets leads to bad behavior in dogs and that sleeping with your pet will cause illness in humans.
However, vets believe that these concerns are just plain incorrect or are overstated.
While it’s true that sleeping with your pet CAN disrupt your sleep sometimes, it’s up to you to determine if sleeping with your dog or cat is really that bothersome. For me, I find that I actually sleep better with my dog around.
And I’m not the only one.
Many pet owners sleep with their pets, about half according to the CDC, and for many of us sleeping with our pets is a huge part of our daily lives.
So next time you’re wondering if you should sleep with your dog consider some of the benefits:
1. Comfort and security.
Sleeping with my dog gives me a sense of safety and comfort that I would otherwise not have. If I wake up in the middle of the night, I always reach for my dog. Having her there soothes me after nightmares and I’m able to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep. Sleeping with my dog soothes my anxiety and helps to quiet my mind at night as well.
If your bedroom is particularly cold sleeping with your pup will help to keep you warm at night.
3. May improve your sleep.
According to a research study published by the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, sleeping with your dog may actually improve your sleep.
4. Bonding time.
Because we work and have so many other responsibilities, we are often away from our pets for most of the day. Sleeping with your dog offers a unique bonding experience and allows you to spend quality time as you wind down for the night and when you wake up in the morning.
In the end, it’s up to you to determine what is best for both you and your pet. Getting a quality night’s sleep is SO important for our well-being, after all. If you decide not to let your dog sleep with you that’s okay too! Just be sure they have a comfy crate or dog bed to sleep in and make sure to always kiss your dog goodnight!
Do you let your dog sleep with you? If not, why?