Five ways your dog helps you sleep better

     A few months ago I adopted a cat from the local shelter.  Daisey doesn't like to share me with my dog Maddie. These days it's usually one or the other in my bed. On Monday I slept late because I was off. Maddie, who usually gets up with me at 3AM, stayed next to me sleeping until 9:45.  She didn't wake me up to go out or to be fed. Which tells me she's happy to stay quiet in my bed as long as I want. 

     Allowing a pet to sleep in your bed is an individual choice. But if you struggle getting to sleep at night it's worth a try. Here are some reasons why. 

1. You will both feel more secure. A study by the Mayo Clinic backs this up.

2. Numerous studies have shown sleeping next to a pet reduces stress and anxiety.

3. A dog's rhythmic breathing helps you fall asleep faster according to Dr. Stanley Coren in Psychology Today.

4. Since sleeping by your dog reduces anxiety you'll have fewer nightmares. Sleeping by a pet is being studied as a way to help with sleep disorders and P.T.S.D. 

5. Studies have shown there are many mental health benefits when you have a pet. Sleeping near each other deepens those bonds.

This is my sweet dog Maddie. 

Steve Andrews

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