Dogs are man's best friend, and their companionship can improve your quality of life. The benefits of pet ownership are well established: increased physical activity, improved socialization, and lowered blood pressure.
But did you know that dogs can actually help with your health problems? It's true!
A recent study found that having a dog on the bed reduces sleep apnea episodes in people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Another study found that dogs can be trained to detect an imminent seizure in people with epilepsy. There are even more benefits for people with diabetes: one study found that a dog's presence during hypoglycemia seemed to decrease the severity of symptoms associated with low blood sugar levels.
Dogs can lower your blood pressure and improve your heart health. They do this by releasing "feel good" hormones that make you feel happier, more relaxed, and more confident than ever.
Dogs can help with depression and anxiety. They'll keep an eye on you to make sure you're okay and will come up with new games for the two of you to play together whenever things get tough.
So next time you're feeling lonely or stressed out, or even just bored—get a dog!