Most dog lovers know that co-sleeping with your dog can provide a feeling of safety and much comfort. However, did you know that there are physical health benefits to co-sleeping with your dog?

Lots of studies have been done that discuss the benefits (and negatives) of sleeping with your dog. One found that sleeping with your dog is shown to promote a healthy heart. Research found that touching a dog led to lower blood pressure readings — this doesn’t stop when you’re sleeping! 

Another study found that being in the presence of our furry friends can help increase the flow of oxytocin, the love chemical. This is the chemical that is secreted when we fall in love, see a cute baby or do something pleasurable. It’s also the chemical that treats depression.

Oxytocin also promotes theta brainwaves —  the type of brainwaves found in the deepest stage of sleep. This means that not only are you likely to fall asleep faster when you’re sleeping with your pup but you are likely to experience deeper, more restful sleep.

If you’d like to learn more about this, take a look at the below infographic from Casper. Here they outline several different scientifically proven benefits of co-sleeping with your dog.