While macrame and flat-weave cushions are the biggest trends this winter, the finest addition to your bed may be your very own pet (goldfish aside). 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. Image courtesy of .
1. Purring can be conducive to sleep. Sleep specialist Dr. Lois Krahn says a purring cat or an obedient dog will create a relaxed bedroom environment. They need not be on the bed, just in the same room. Image courtesy of
2. Your pet brings a sense of security. Even the little ones — hey, good things come in small packages. While your bunny is an unlikely protector, their animal warmth will keep you feeling safe and comforted at night. Image courtesy of
3. Stroking your pet releases oxytocin, or the “cuddle chemical”. This trumps any (inanimate!) pillow. Japanese animal behaviourist Takefumi Kikusui 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. Image courtesy of
4. You may fall asleep faster, especially if you’re a busy person. that owners who simply keep their pet’s bed in the corner of their bedrooms experienced 83% sleep efficiency in comparison to the average 80%. If you’re sleeping 6 hours or less a night, your sleep efficiency is under 80%, thus under average, so try changing your sleep habits by bringing your pet into the room. Image courtesy of Ghost Presenter
5. Dogs tend to rest well regardless. While the short-snouted may snore, the big-mouthed may drool and the long-legged may kick, dogs usually sleep well in any location. Image courtesy of