We know you didn't need an excuse to let your furry best friend join you in the bed for evening cuddles. However, if you needed to pose the argument to a non-believer, here are a few reasons to let your pet sleep in your bedroom, aside from the warmth of a pink animal belly.
1. It will help you de-stress.
While macrame and flat-weave cushions will be the biggest trends this upcoming winter, the finest addition to your bed may be your very own pet. Research has proven that sharing a bedroom with your furry companion can produce a good night's rest, relieve stress, and, as every cuddly pet owner knows, keep you warm. Our fur babies are oh-so-warm.
2. It can help you sleep better.
Purring can be conducive to sleep. Sleep specialist Dr. Lois Krahn says that a purring cat or an obedient dog will create a relaxed bedroom environment. The pet doesn't need to be on the bed either, just in the same room.
3. You'll feel more secure.
Your pet brings a sense of security — even the littlest ones. While your bunny is an unlikely protector, his or her animal warmth will keep you feeling safe and comforted at night.
4. You'll feel the benefits of the "cuddle chemical."
Stroking your pet releases oxytocin, or the "cuddle chemical." This trumps any (inanimate) pillow. Japanese animal behaviorist Takefumi Kikusui discovered that oxytocin fosters a sense of trust and bonding, which humans and animals (dogs, particularly) share when they gaze into each other's eyes. The chemical response is similar to the interaction between a mother and her baby.
5. You'll fall asleep faster.
You may fall asleep faster, especially if you're a busy person. Studies show that owners who simply keep their pet's bed in the corner of their bedrooms experienced 83 percent sleep efficiency in comparison to the average 80 percent. If you're sleeping for six hours or less a night, your sleep efficiency is under 80 percent, so try changing your sleeping habits by bringing your pet into the room.
6. Your dog doesn't mind, so why should you?
Dogs tend to rest well regardless of their environments. While the short-snouted may snore, the big-mouthed may drool, and the long-legged may kick, dogs usually sleep well in any location. And let's be honest, you know they want to be cuddled up to you, too.
This post originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.