For years, there has been a never-ending debate as to whether sleeping with your dog is actually good for you. For non-believers of doggy cuddle time, here are five reasons why allowing your dog to sleep on the same bed as you is beneficial for your well-being.

You’ve probably wondered if sleeping on the same bed as your pooch is good for you. After all, there are some people out there who believe that allowing your pup to do so can only cause complications. However, it seems that there are psychological benefits to letting your furry friend spend the night with you. Check them out here:

1. Relieve Stress & Anxiety

Just as therapy dogs work their magic by simply being present, snuggling and cuddling with your pooch is a great way to relieve tension and help you relax before bedtime. Not only does this help you to feel calmer, but your pup will feel extra loved by you. After all, everyone loves a good cuddle session!

2. They Make You Feel Safe

Thanks to your pooch’s keen senses, sleeping with them by your side can be very reassuring. Even when you’re in your deepest state of slumber, you can be certain that no harm will come your way as long as you have your trusty pup watching over you.

3. They Provide Warmth

On chilly nights, there’s nothing more comforting than having your very own furry “radiator” curled up next to you. Cosying up to them on warm nights can also provide a sense of love and affection.

4. Prevents Insomnia

Some people may find it hard to sleep due to overthinking and/or stress. Sleeping with your pooch by your side can help alleviate all these anxiety, and ensure that you fall asleep as quickly as one, two, three!

5. They Love It Too

To your furry pal, you are their entire world. By allowing them to snuggle up next to you, they’re definitely going to feel extra loved and it will make their day. This sleeping arrangement is a total win-win for both you and your pup!

*This article was updated on 7 Sept 2020. It first appeared in on 26 Sept 2016.