If you sleep with your dog in your bed, you’ve probably wondered if it’s healthy to allow it. As much as we love our four-legged babies, they do play in dirt, chew their nails, eat unspeakable things, step in poop on the regular, and that’s just the stuff we know about. So sharing a bed with them could be bad for our health, right? Well, that’s debatable.
When you consult Dr. Google about how good it is for you to let your dog sleep in your bed, you get a lot of conflicting information. But according to Dr. Jack Gilbert, director of the Microbiome Center at the University of Chicago, and expert on germ-related things, it’s only unhealthy in some cases. He says you shouldn’t do it if you’re even a little bit allergic because sleeping with those allergens all night is a drag on your system.
But even if you don’t have allergies, dogs also toss and turn all night and that can disrupt your precious sleep. We all know how important it is to get enough solid sleep, so if your pooch wakes you up, he might need a bed of his own. But some folks say sleeping with their pet actually helps them sleep better, and that makes sense because pets have positive effects on their owners.
Research has shown that interacting with your pet causes your brain to release oxytocin, the “feel-good” hormone. So your pets keep you chill and that’s a good thing. Gilbert says they also expose us to different types of bacteria that can boost our immune systems, making us healthier and happier. And if sleeping with your pets makes you happy, keep on snoozing together.
Source: Women's Health