- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 3:12PM
"It's so smelly","That's so gross", "They make your bed all dirty" - if you've ever heard any of the above, its quite likely that you have tried to suggest having your dog sleep on your bed with you.
The concept isn't up everyone's alley, but word has come out that suggests that it may in fact be a good thing!
Research performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Health show that dogs help minimise stress which will lower cholesterol and triglycerides levels.
Studies have also shown that people with depression can feel better with a dog around. Petting a dog raises oxytocin levels, a feel-good hormone that can increase relaxation, trust, and well-being.
They're not just good for your health either, people have also reported that they help with falling when they're suffering from insomnia.
It's been proven the presence of slumbering dogs chases away stress accumulated throughout the day, and the rhythmic sound of their breathing works better than a lullaby.
So if you're in need of a good night's sleep don't be afraid to let Spike crash on your bed.