Your dog is part of the family, so its no surprise that you let Fido share your bed. But could this habit take a toll on your health? ITM investigator Jack Gilbert, PhD, weighed in on the question in Men’s Health.

Turns out, your furry friend can have a variety of effects on your health. For some, sleeping near your dog could aggravate your allergies and disrupt your sleep cycles.

“You shouldn’t let your dog sleep in your bed if you’re even a little bit allergic,” said Gilbert in Men’s Health. “Your immune system is primed to overreact to the allergens.”

But for others, having a dog nearby can help psychological well-being and bolster your immune system, said Gilbert.

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