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Cuddling: 9 Healthy Reasons You Should Do it More Often

Cuddling is known to be one of the most effective forms of touch and there is actually a biological reason as to why our bodies respond so well. These benefits range from mental to biological to social and other aspects of our well-being.

happy couple cuddling
What about, the more the cuddle, the more the sex?

Find here all you need to know!

#1 Lowers Blood Pressure and Risk of Heart Complications

Did you know that one in five youths between 25 and 35 have high blood pressure? Then again, according to research, hugging, kissing and other forms of cuddling increase production of the oxytocin hormone (otherwise known as the 'love hormone').

High blood pressure is greatly reduced by the production of this 'bonding hormone'. This, then, lowers the risk of heart complications in future.

In addition to a healthy diet and everyday workouts, consider having a no-strings-attached sex more often than not. Intimate contact with your partner results in an incredible feeling of warmth, safety, and relaxation.

#2 Improves Your Sex Life

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Workout the bonding hormone!

You might be wondering: "What's the point of cuddling when you can simply have sex?" Well, It is known to most of us that sex alone can give a healthy boost to almost every area of your life, right?

Most of us, however, are oblivious to the fact that things are bound to get way better once you add cuddling to the mix. A study has revealed that couples who, after sex, spend extra time kissing, spooning or cuddling, have a greater satisfaction in their sex lives. This, in turn, makes their relationship better and stronger.

#3 Promotes Long-term Relationships

Speaking of better and stronger relationships, cuddling has been known to save relationships. Studies have shown that in addition to caressing, cuddling promotes a healthy and long-term relationship.

Want to know the best part? For it to work, you don't necessarily have to be conscious.

This fact has been proven by Professor Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire. To do this, he assembled 1,000 couples and asked them to describe the quality of their relationship.

94% of couples who cuddled and stayed in close contact were satisfied with their relationships, while 68% who did not have any physical contact were dissatisfied with their relationships.

#4 Cures Cramps and Headaches

You have an intense menstrual cramp, headache or both. The last thing you want to do at this point is to cuddle, right? Know this: Touching and kissing your partner reduces menstrual cramps and relieves headache symptoms.

Therefore, next time you're feeling 'under the weather', try sleeping next to your loved one. It may not work instantly, but it will eventually work over a short period of time. Who knew that cuddling would have such an incredible yet unusual healing effect?

#5 Helps You Fall Asleep

I know what you're thinking: "Well duh". This may come across as obvious, but how exactly does it help you fall asleep? As mentioned earlier, cuddling helps in the production of the oxytocin hormone.

This hormone is necessary when it comes to having a good night's rest.

In 2003, a study was carried out by the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry. They discovered that oxytocin in the brains of mice promoted healthy sleep. This hormone was, however, released under stress-free conditions.

Word of advice: Try, as much as possible, not to fight or engage in any arguments before going to bed.

#6 Makes You Feel Sexy

Without a doubt, the most obvious benefit to cuddling has to be getting physically close to your partner. Cuddling could either lead to a heated sexual feeling before sex or a loving and relaxing feeling right after sex.

Keep in mind:

These feelings are brought about by the dopamine hormone. This hormone is identified as an 'excitatory' hormone that heightens sexual desire. Research has also shown that sex is good for mental and fitness reasons.

Therefore, the more the cuddle, the more the sex. The more the sex, the fitter you are.

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#7 Aids in the Communication Process

To most couples, intimacy is not such a huge part of their relationship. According to Dr. David Klow, a Chicago-based family therapist, cuddling is one of the best ways of communicating without uttering a single word.

Through physical communication, couples are able to "transmit empathy and understanding". Non-verbal communication is the best way to say to your partner 'I understand you'.

Cuddling brings a balance between you and your partner's physical and emotional needs. It enables you to convey what words can't. This form of communication applies to both intimate and distant relationships.

#8 Boosts Your Immune System

So far, we are aware of the oxytocin hormone. Additionally, cuddling also brings about the release of serotonin (the happy hormone). These two hormones work hand in hand to give your immune system that extra boost.

In 2014, a study was carried out by Carnegie Mellon University researchers. The study revealed that those individuals who hugged more were unlikely to catch a cold after being exposed to the virus.

Furthermore, those who fell sick had symptoms that were less severe. I don't know about you, but I think cuddling is way better than a daily dose of Emergen-C.

#9 It Increases Overall Happiness

Last but not least, cuddling makes you feel good. Sexual play, hoding and cuddling releases oxytocin in the brain. This brings about a sense of happiness and well-being. This, in turn, leaves your body in a stress-free, comfortable and relaxed state.

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Cuddling brings a balance between you and your partner.

In addition to the hormone oxytocin, cuddling also helps in the release of endorphins. These are the chemicals that are released right after a vigorous workout. These too, contribute to that happy feeling.

Do other relaxing activities such as watching your favorite TV shows, listen to your favourite music etc. so as to maintain that happy state.

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