Dogs are often called "man's best friend"—and that title isn't taken lightly. They're super loyal, loving, and undoubtedly help us in more ways than we even realize. We know our pups can help us feel relaxed and safe, but did you know they can actually contribute to giving us a better night's sleep?
According to a study published in , our dogs can help us have fewer nightmares. Specially trained service animals contribute to much-needed sleep disorder therapy for those suffering with anxiety or PTSD, who often have paralyzing nightmares. Dogs can be trained to immediately wake owners who have been suffering from a nightmare, which, according to the report, no medication has been able to do before.
If you're someone who can't seem to fall asleep each night or suffers from insomnia, your furry friend can help with that, too. The study that anxiety-induced insomnia can be relieved by a service dog "to mitigate anxiety... and to modify hyperarousal and hypervigilance, which in turn creates a more amenable mood state for sleep initiation, as well as a greater sense of safety in those who are uneasy in the dark and/or night and who tend to phase-reverse to dodge nighttime sleep.”
Basically, this means that having your dog around helps you relax more, allowing you to fall asleep more easily. While we know that your furry friend can help you destress, getting a good night's sleep may be tougher than just owning a dog—if your sleep problem is serious, we'd definitely recommend seeing a doctor.
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