The most common question asked by a lot of dog owners is if you should let your dog sleep in your bed. There have been a couple of debates, weighing the pros and cons of such thing. However, studies found that the advantages or benefits greatly outweigh the disadvantages.
So let’s look at the reasons why you should consider letting your dog sleep in your bed.
- Dogs are warm and cosy.
Dogs are cuddly and warm, which helps release oxytocin known as the “cuddle or happy chemical” that enables you to feel calm and relax. In fact, dogs are 3 to 6 degrees warmer than humans making them ideal bed warmers.
- Dogs make you feel safe.
Many people feel a bit helpless when lying in bed, alone and in the dark. Unless you have someone beside you, the presence of a dog can give you a sense of security and protection, regardless of its size.
- Dogs offer real protection.
Dogs are light sleepers and can alert you to anything that may be unusual. Knowing this can help you rest east throughout the night. Also, if indeed someone suspicious is about, your dog can alert you so you can call the police or a neighbour.
- Dogs feel loved and secure.
Like humans, dogs also enjoy snuggling beside someone. Inviting your dog to sleep in your bed also makes them feel welcome; thus,it feels happy and loved. When it feels happy, it will in turn shower you with lots of cuddles.
- Dogs help fight depression.
With a lot of people being diagnosed with depression, having a dog to cuddle during sleep helps fight the loneliness that depressed people feel.
Why You Should Not Let Dogs Sleep in Your Bed
Although the benefits trump the drawbacks, let us not forget to consider some factors that may prove it difficult to have your dog sleep in your bed.
- You are allergic to prolonged contact with fur.
For people with respiratory illness, sleeping with any furry friend may exacerbate their condition, especially people with allergies and asthma. It is even recommended to get an air filter for the bedroom if possible.
- You are a light sleeper.
Some dogs may disturb your sleep, especially if you are a light sleeper. If you wake up at the slightest movement or sound, then sleeping with a dog beside you is not advisable. This will only lead to sleep deprivation, which will get you cranky all day and affect your work and your interaction with people and your dog.
- You’re the type of person who values 100% privacy.
If you are not comfortable having your dog in the same room with you while you sleep, then do not force yourself. Make yourself a priority when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Also, according to studies dogs often get in the way of the subtle intimacies of partners such as holding hands, snuggling and touching, which are essential parts of a relationship.
The decision on whether to let your dog share your bed or not is up to you and your preference. No matter what science or a couple of studies say, your health and comfort are the most important things to consider.
What have you decided? Will you let your dog sleep in your bed? Tell us below.