There are so many reasons to make time for cuddling! Cuddling is something that most of us enjoy doing with our loved ones, but sometimes, with our partner, the temptation to skip that form of intimacy and head straight for a more sexual kind of contact can be very tempting! Along with that, cuddling in bed can be great fun, but also has the tendency to get uncomfortable after a while, especially if one of you falls asleep and pins and needles start to bite! I’m making it my mission to put cuddling back on the map, not only because it is great, but that is can also have a number of health benefits that you never even knew about! Here are five reasons to make time for cuddling.
1. It Feels Good
The act of cuddling somebody you love releases oxytocin in your body, which is known as the feel good hormone! The more oxytocin you have coursing through your body, the more happy and content you are going to feel. Cuddling can also release endorphins, which will give you the same rush as if you had just been working out, or the feeling of satisfaction you get from eating chocolate! If that's not one of the best reasons to make time for cuddling, I don't know what is.
2. It Increases Libido
For somebody who is suffering from a low libido, it can be quite daunting to try to get intimate by going straight into explicit sexual contact. However, if you start off by cuddling, it gives you time to start to embrace and enjoy the touch of your partner. You will be more relaxed, less anxious, and things can start to progress at a rate with which you are completely comfortable. All from just a single cuddle session.
3. It Reduces Blood Pressure
Many experts believe that physical contact with someone you love and trust can have a very important, stress reducing effect. The oxytocin that we have already discussed also acts as a ‘bonding’ hormone, and a chemical reaction is caused that literally reduces blood pressure. This is turn can reduce the risk of things like heart disease and, of course, does wonders for relieving feelings of stress and anxiety.
4. It Bonds You to Babies and Partners
We have just mentioned briefly that oxytocin can be described as a bonding hormone, and this can do wonders for making a meaningful connection with, for example, a newborn baby. The feelings of security a baby feels from a perfect cuddle can build a strong attachment between them and the cuddle giver. This doesn’t only work for babies, though, as you can also cuddle a partner to work on building a hormonal bond!
5. It Promotes Better Communication
There is something about cuddling that opens up a vulnerable side in people, and this can lead to much better communication and openness between a couple. Laying in bed together and just cuddling is actually something that therapists suggest for couples who are going through a bad period in their relationship. It can help you reconnect and be honest again.
I’m off for a cuddle! How about you?