You thought cuddling is only a way to express your affection to your Boo (or you know, whomever) but did you know that cuddling has tons of benefits according to science?
Well, read on to find out the amazing benefits of snuggling and cuddling!
1). Cuddling releases Oxytocin aka “the love hormone”
Oxytocin has been long attributed as the female reproductive hormone as it aids in child birth and breast feeding. But a lot of scientific research has gone into uncovering the all encompassing benefits of “Oxytocin” which go way beyond aiding in reproduction.
Oxytocin is also known as the “love hormone” because it is released mostly during hugging and love making. It is the ultimate bonding and feels good hormone. The more Oxytocin levels in your body mean the more connected, safe and happier you feel. In fact, experts recommend that you should get a minimum of 8 hugs per day for your optimal well being.
There are many ways to naturally activate Oxytocin in your body: from engaging in community building or social interactions but what better way to increase it than by snuggling in the arms of your partner.
It will not only make you feel happier but will also deepen your love.
So ladies, if you have not incorporated cuddling in your daily routine, it’s time you got started!
2). Cuddling deepens intimacy and emotional bonding
Human touch is very healing and reassuring, more so when it comes from our loved ones.
“Hugging is the most beautiful form of communication that allows the other person to know beyond a doubt that they matter.” – Unknown
When you can just lie down comfortably in the arms of your partner, gazing smilingly into their eyes, that’s a whole new level of intimacy and communication.
It is very important to squeeze in these moments of intimacy in our daily lives to express love and affection to our partners.
3) Cuddling takes away your blues
Do you remember, when you were a kid, you used to run to your mother after getting a bruise and she would just cuddle you and the pain would seem to go away.
Well, it was Oxytocin at play.
Hugging relaxes your muscles and releases any tension in the body. The Oxytocin releases actually work as a blocking agent for any pain signals in your body.
So, next time you feel that your partner is upset about something, just go and give them a tight hug and watch their blues go away.
4) Cuddling boosts immunity
In addition to “Oxytocin”, cuddling also releases the happy hormones like “Serotonin”, these two hormones work together to boost your immune system.
The power of feeling happy and loved actually boosts your immune system and protects you against infections.
5) Cuddling lowers your heart rate and blood pressure
Stress affects the whole body badly but the organ that it affects the most is – your heart.
Hugging activates the Parasympathetic nervous system and acts as a natural anti-anxiety medicine.
It lowers your stress levels and reduces your heart rate and blood pressure.
In fact one study from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill researchers found out that people who hugged and held hands while watching a 10minute video had lower blood pressure and heart rate compared to those who didn’t hold hands or hugged.
Imagine if this is what hugging for 10 minutes can do, what it can do if you include this miracle drug in your daily life 😉
6) Cuddling helps you sleep like a baby
Hugging is the magic ingredient that can make you sleep like a baby.
The oxytocin and other feel-good hormones that it releases have a calming effect on your mind and body.
When you hug someone you love, it makes you forget all your anxieties. It makes you feel safe and comforted.
You can just squeeze in ten minutes of cuddling with your partner before you hit the bed and see the miracles.