Anxiety when sleeping alone is an issue often thought of to be an issue limited to children. However, many adults feel it, too. It is not much different than being afraid of the dark but when you’re the one experiencing it, the intensity. is greater. More common in women, men do experience it, though often they are too embarrassed to admit it.
Scientists have long discussed the benefits of sleeping alone on one’s health and quality of life. Some just hate sleeping alone, though-and it is not just a matter of choice. Right now, the more cynical reader might be thinking “So? Why doesn’t the person just find a more suitable partner?” But, no! (sic ,tongue in cheek) What about those wonderful tax incentives?
Pets are Chicken Soup for the Sleepers (less) soul
As they calm the high-strung, a pet can bring comfort as you drift off to sleep. Studies have shown that pets can be the tonic the doctor ordered. Yes, who’d have thunk that Fido could help the restless drift off more easily and stay in dreamland
longer? EEG activity doesn’t lie, though. Sleep patterns are such that these people enter REM sleep stages with greater regularity.
Some cringe at the thought of an animal occupying the same bed; but those same people don’t seem to have a problem with pets in the home. They also see the health benefits of having pets. Many people are concerned about germs from house pets (and possibly rightly so!); well, as it turns out the bed is already one of the most germ infested places in the house so Fido will not make much of a difference.
Germs or no germs, most Americans are comfortable with pets in their beds. Surveys say that most people claim that pets don’t disrupt sleep and even more said that they were helpful in relaxing so they could fall asleep and stay asleep.
It needs to be remembered that the couples surveyed, did not have issues sleeping alone. It can be easily ascertained that for people who are distressed sleeping alone, pets can help them relax and might improve the quality of their sleep.
Anxiety and sleeping alone
Recently singled people find it difficult to adjust to new sleeping arrangements, to living alone, to sleeping alone. The newly single person forms a form of “attachment anxiety” and a pet can be an excellent option to ease into the new situation, by giving them company and helping them sleep better. We will stop shy of saying they might be a great replacement. Recent studies have shown that loneliness may adversely affect quality of sleep. With that in mind, pets may also indirectly help sleep by giving you company.
About the Author
Eugene Gabriel is a passionate blogger. He has always been fascinated by sleep and how it relates to health and wellness. Read his post on Sleep and Room Temperature. You can follow him on twitter@eugenegabrielj
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