When it comes to mental and physical health, we often sleep on the topic of a good night’s rest. While you sleep, your body is resting, but your brain is extremely active. Cutting out hours of sleep and having low-quality sleep negatively impacts your physical and mental health and can be dangerous in the long run.
Many factors come into play with having a good night’s rest. Having your pet sleep in the same room with you may also aide in a better quality sleep. Studies show that dog owners are able to sleep better when they had their canine companions sleeping in the same room as them; reciprocally, their dogs also sustained better quality sleep as well, which is a win-win for everyone.
The presence of your beloved pet can create a sense of security even as you are asleep, and your pets are able to provide a level of comfort. It is also important to remember that some studies show that having your pet directly in your bed with you can be a disruptor to your sleep. You may want to keep them off the bed for a better night’s rest.
When your furry friend is in the room with you, there are many mental and physical health benefits.
Clocking in 7-8 hours of sleep is a healthy number to aim for when you’re snoozing away. Sleep affects the hippocampus, which is a region in the brain that creates and retains memory. Getting an adequate amount of sleep helps maintain the hippocampus, so don’t forget to count your hours of sleep while you count sheep!
By sleeping well, your body produces hormones that fight infections and repair cells. Getting good sleep keeps you healthy and lowers risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and other medical conditions. Additionally, having better quality of rest regulate your appetite, consuming less foods high in fat and calories.
Sleep is also a significant factor in regulating your mood and everyday interactions with others. By getting more sleep, you reduce your risks of becoming depressed. When you are well-rested, you are able to focus better and make better decisions, significantly improving overall performance.
Overall, a high-quality night of rest does wonders for your health. Counting sheep may help you fall asleep, but you may also count on your pet’s presence to sleep better too.