Whether you’re cuddling, snuggling or nuggling (ie. naked snuggling…yes it’s a real thing), the benefits are vast. There’s even a tinder-like app called “Spoonr” (formerly “Cuddlr”) that will help you locate some platonic cuddling (I couldn’t make this up if I tried!). Check out all the reasons you should quit arguing over who gets to be the little spoon and scooch on up to your partner.
- Cuddling Relieves Pain and Reduces Stress
Skin to skin contact releases oxytocin and that glorious little hormone does a whole lot to make us feel real good. In fact, it helps diminish our experience of both emotional and physical pain, reduces social anxiety and in general decreases our experience of stress. If that wasn’t enough to make that feel good hormone (often referred to as the “cuddle hormone”) your new fave, it also lowers our blood pressure and thus, decreases our odds of heart disease. Pretty impressive, huh? Who would’ve thought that one of the tactics to achieving a healthier life was a cuddle fest with that special someone? You’re welcome.
- Cuddling Can Lead to More Sex
Physical proximity can spark a deeper desire between partners. Take kissing for example. Relationship researchers John and Julie Gottman suggest that kissing your honey for at least 6 seconds a day improves relationship satisfaction and they propose that it often leads to more physical intimacy. Cuddling is no different. In fact, researchers from the University of Toronto Mississaug found that post-coital cuddling led to increased sexual satisfaction and at times also led to Round 2!
- Cuddling Promotes Creativity
If you’re one of those folks that believe that cuddling is boring, you’re likely also in the same group that hasn’t seen The Cuddle Sutra. It does in fact exist. The book starts off by explaining the three T’s: Talking, Touching and Togetherness. All of which can be increased through the act of cuddling. The author, Rob Grader goes on to describe and illustrate over 50 ways to cuddle. Forking, The Pick Pocket, The Huggle, and Splish Splash are just a few of the creative ways to get close to your sweetheart. Get a copyàyou won’t regret it!