Whether you've been officially diagnosed with depression/anxiety, or have just
been feeling a little down lately, sleeping with a dog can help you to fight off the symptoms of depression.
Many also report that their anxiety makes it difficult to fall asleep, and that this only compounds the effects of stress the next day.
Having your dog sleep next to you provides a level of comfort that can help you to overcome feelings of anxiety and sadness.
First, it's nice to know that there's something you can reach out and pet if you're really struggling. But more importantly, dogs help those with mental illness feel needed and appreciated. The reminder that your dog relies on you for food, walks, and even love and attention will help you remember that you matter.
Remembering this can help you to block out the nighttime feelings of worthlessness that often accompany depression/anxiety.