Have you ever thought why a warm hug from your partner and cuddling while sleeping after a hectic day can release all your stress? Well, this happens because of a reason. Cuddling has immense health benefits which many of you may not know about. While it's often difficult to find time to relax in today's hectic world, we are living through an unusual time period where the majority of us are quarantined in our homes. Some of us are lucky enough to be quarantined with our partner and should take full advantage of it by cuddling as often as we can. If we can find little ways to bring joy in our life in such gloomy time, then why not make the best of it? Have a happy and healthy life with your partner by cuddling each other regularly.
"Cuddling can be reminiscent of feeling cared for as a child, being cuddled by one's partner can be extremely comforting and soothing," says Carla Manly, a clinical psychologist.
Surprising Benefits Of Cuddling
Here are some benefits of cuddling which will give you reasons to cuddle:
1. Brings You Closer To Each Other
Cuddling can bring you and your partner closer. This happens due to the release of oxytocin which is a hormone that makes you feel good and connected with others.
2. Boosts Your Immunity
Yes, you heard us. Cuddling boosts your immune system. What more do we all need right now than a good immunity boost? The release of oxytocin also increases hormones that help fight infection.
3. A Peaceful Sleep
Cuddling helps you sleep better. You can also realise this on your own. Whenever your partner cuddles you like a baby, it gives your brain a sense of protection and affection. Hence, you sleep better. Also, even for 10 minutes, cuddling is shown to relieve stress and help you sleep better.
4. A Pain Reliever
The same hormone oxytocin can help in reducing chronic pain. It is said that people who are low in oxytocin often suffer from chronic pain.
For those who aren't quarantined with their significant other, research supports that cuddling with a dog or cat can still put you to sleep with their rhythmic breathing.