According to a recent study, sleeping with pets can have several benefits for mental health. People who slept with their dogs or cats had lower levels of depression, loneliness, and stress than those who did not. The research suggests that the companionship of a pet can help to reduce feelings of isolation and anxiety. In addition, physical contact with a pet can help to increase levels of oxytocin, which is known as the “cuddle hormone” and is associated with feelings of happiness and well-being.
One of the benefits of sleeping with your pet is that it improves sleep quality. When we sleep, our brainwaves shift from beta waves (associated with wakefulness and mental activity) to alpha waves (associated with relaxation and drowsiness). As we progress into deep sleep, our brainwaves transition to theta waves (associated with deep rest and refreshed waking state).
Studies have shown that people who sleep with their pets tend to have more theta brainwaves than those who don’t. This suggests that sleeping with a pet promotes deeper, more restful sleep. And as we have previously learned, the presence of a companion animal can help to ease anxiety and promote feelings of safety and security, both of which are important for a good night’s sleep.