9 Reasons You Need to Start Cuddling More With Your Partner
Do you bask in big spoon glory? Or are you more of a little spoon who prefers to be held? It doesn’t really matter. The point is, some people love to cuddle, while others squirm at the very thought of post-coital touch.
Regardless of your snuggling preferences, you may be surprised to hear cuddling comes with some serious health benefits. And while your likes and dislikes may not perfectly align with your partner’s, it’s time to take a good look at your cuddling ways. Here are nine reasons to cozy up to your counterpart.
1. Cuddling lets your partner know you care about them
Sometimes, you don’t always want to commit to a full-on staring contest in order to connect with your partner. True, the sweet embrace of looking deeply into your lover’s eyes is great, but there are times you just don’t feel like it. And that’s OK. BuzzFeed says, “When you’re spooning, it’s nice to know your body can exchange warmth and positive vibes without eye contact.” Luckily, cuddling is all you need during times of fatigue, or nights you’re dying to have your eyes on Netflix.
2. It promotes relationship satisfaction
The time directly following intercourse is, no doubt, a vulnerable one. You’ve just been intimate with another person and, depending on the experience, are either tempted to head for the hills or stick around for more. In the case of those in relationships, though, cuddling your loved one after sex can work wonders for your overall satisfaction.
The research behind it all
What’s not to love about snuggling up to your significant other? You know it’s great, and so does your partner. In fact, cuddling is so great, it can even help improve your relationship. Two studies evaluated how cuddling, caressing, and shared intimacy affect sexual and relationship satisfaction. The research, which was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, reads, “The findings suggest that the period after sex is a critical time for promoting satisfaction in intimate bonds.”
3. Cuddling can help lower blood pressure
The benefits of cuddling don’t just stop at connecting with your partner. In fact, hugging and cuddling can actually help lower blood pressure. So, even if you’ve historically sworn off getting snuggly with your significant other, it’s time you give it another shot. It just may help the heart health of both you and your partner.
4. Cuddling is good for your immune system
If you’re one of those people who thinks swapping spit with someone is the easiest way to get sick, think again. Snuggling up with your partner may actually help you stay healthy. According to Glamour, “The cocktail of cuddling hormones — dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin — combine to fight infections. Cuddling gives your immune system a pick-me-up that some believe is just as effective as popping a multivitamin.”
5. You release all the feel-good hormones
So, back to that cocktail of hormones we just mentioned. On your journey through love, your brain goes through a wild ride. Fostering closeness, building intimacy, and working your way to relationship bliss is all part of Cupid’s master plan. And just as Fusion explains, it’s all pretty scientific. Not to take the romance out of it all, but you get the idea: You’re releasing all the feel-good hormones when you’re intimate, so don’t stop.
6. Cuddling can help ease stress and promote healing
You’re probably well-aware of the soothing effects snuggling can have on a person (unless of course you flinch at the very touch of your partner, in which case, it’s probably time to move on). But did you know it can really help reduce stress? Not only does oxytocin help ease stress, but research shows it can also help increase pain thresholds, and promote growth and healing. So, just another reason to cozy up to your partner.
7. Cuddling fosters closeness
Even more on that oxytocin: You and your partner stand to get a whole lot closer with each snuggle sesh you share. Madeleine Castellanos, M.D., told Brides, “[Oxytocin] promotes trust between the both of you and fosters your connections. And cuddling increases your sense of security with your partner, which increases your desire to be emotionally intimate and vulnerable with them.” There’s no denying the positive effects cuddling has on your relationship.
8. It can give you social support
OK, so maybe you’re not into PDA. But that’s still alright, because this point is about the powerful effects of hugging. Seeing as hugging is usually acceptable pretty much anywhere, it has some great benefits for your overall social life. In fact, one study found hugging may convey social support. Hug your partner often, and feel better around others. Done deal.
9. It makes you happy
Aside from being happy when you’re curled up in your lover’s arms, cuddling releases some pretty key ingredients that’ll help boost your current feel-good status. According to Women’s Health, dopamine and serotonin are to thank for this. Because you release these hormones during a sweet embrace, your mood elevates. Additionally, cuddling can help curb depression.