One fact is certain: dogs LOVE to sleep. But when you move onto the next question—where is the best place for them to sleep—things start to get a little murkier. Some owners swear by crating their dogs at night. Other dogs curl up on the couch or have their own pet bed for their snoozes. We encourage you to consider letting your dog hop up into your bed with you! Not only will your dog appreciate being near you, but you stand to benefit as well in big ways.
Read on to learn 6 scientific benefits you can get from sleeping with your dog!
According to John Woods, founder of All Things Dogs, that the hormone oxytocin is released during interactions between humans and dogs, including petting, talking, and stroking. One could add sleeping together to this list!
Oxytocin, also known as the “cuddle hormone,” is the reason why activities like hugging provide such a powerful stress relief. Scientists have also observed the release of oxytocin in dogs during these touch-based interactions, which means both you and your pooch will feel the relaxing benefits of bedtime snuggles.