If you’re someone who struggles with getting a good night’s sleep, you may want to consider snuggling up with a furry feline before bedtime.
According to recent studies, petting a cat before you hit the hay can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
It’s no secret that pets can have a positive impact on our mental and physical well-being, but the benefits of petting a cat specifically when it comes to sleep are only now starting to be explored.
One study found that people who spent just 15 minutes petting a cat before bedtime had a significantly easier time falling asleep and reported feeling more rested in the morning.
So why does petting a cat before bedtime lead to better sleep?
For starters, the physical act of petting a cat can be quite relaxing.
The repetitive motion of running your hand over a cat’s soft fur can help to calm your mind and reduce feelings of anxiety or stress.
This is especially true if you’re someone who struggles with racing thoughts or a busy mind at night.
Additionally, the presence of a cat in your bedroom can also have a calming effect.
Many people find that the gentle purring of a cat can be soothing, and the warm and comforting presence of a pet can help to ease feelings of loneliness or isolation.
But the benefits of petting a cat before bedtime go beyond just the physical act of petting.
Studies have also found that people who have a cat in their bedroom tend to have a lower heart rate and blood pressure, which can lead to better sleep.
This is because the presence of a cat can help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, which can keep you awake at night.
It’s important to note that not all cats will be happy to be petted before bedtime, and if your cat likes to play around during the night, it might not be the best idea to have them in your bedroom.
However, if you have a cat that is happy to snuggle up and be petted, then it can be a great way to unwind before bed.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the presence of a cat in your bedroom isn’t the only thing that can affect your sleep.
A cat that’s too active, or one that’s not litter trained, or a cat that’s not used to being in a bedroom or not spayed or neutered, can also disrupt your sleep.
So it’s important to make sure that your cat is comfortable and well-behaved before bringing them into your bedroom.
Petting a cat before bedtime may be a great way to improve your sleep.
The physical act of petting a cat can be relaxing and can help to ease feelings of anxiety or stress, and the presence of a cat in your bedroom can also have a calming effect.
However, it’s important to make sure that your cat is comfortable and well-behaved before bringing them into your bedroom.
So, next time you’re having trouble sleeping, try snuggling up with your feline friend and see if it helps you get a better night’s rest.
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