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Science is split on the wisdom of inviting your dog into your bed. Some people swear they sleep better with their dog nearby. Others are equally certain dogs require their own bed on the floor.
Now a new study conducted by the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, hopes to settle this question once and for all! According to a survey of 150 dog owners, 4 in 10 people reported better sleep when their pooch shared the bed. Some of their reasons may surprise you!
Read on for 7 reasons you should let your dog sleep in your bed!
7. Less stress
Participants said simply being near their dog also helps them feel calmer, so it makes sense that relaxed feeling would continue into the twilight hours if your pooch was snoozing nearby
Many took comfort in knowing their dog was nearby to alert them in case of a house fire, intruder, or other unexpected events.
5. Happy family
Your dog will love sleeping with you, too. Cozying up in your bed is also a boone to your dog’s health and well-being.
4. Decreased depression
Snuggling with Fido can help you stave feelings of loneliness and depression.
Who can help you stay warm on cold nights without ratcheting up the heating bill? Your dog.
2. Better sleep
As we mentioned above, many people sleep better when their dog is nearby.
Keeping your loved ones close is a steady source of comfort. And who loves you more than your dog?
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