Quick! Grab your partner/teddies/dog/bolster because here is 4 reasons why you should cuddle more that could just make your day.
Oxytocin is a hormone that is involved in acts of hugging, kissing among other acts of physical intimacy, which also includes cuddling. It is also known as the love hormone. Levels of oxytocin rises during cuddling, which is ideal for couples to connect emotionally and physically.
Cuddling is said to reduce anxiousness and stress levels in an individual due to the increase of hormone oxytocin. This in turn reduces blood pressure, reducing all the risk associated such as hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.
Cuddling is a wonderful act of bonding. This obviously applies to relationship between a mother and her child and lovers. Due to the fact that cuddling reduces anxiety and increases oxytocin, you are naturally in a relaxed state which allows moments of intimacy.
Helps you sleep better
Cuddling allows you to naturally fall asleep due to your body being in a relaxed state. Perhaps the feeling of being safe in one’s arm provides the sense of security needed for a peaceful shuteye. Again, the hormone oxytocin comes to play.
Basically, the act of cuddling can be reduced to Cuddling = High oxytocin + Less stress which in turn leads to the other benefits. There are obviously more benefits to cuddling. Try it to find out! 😉
Kiirtaara is a proud 24 year old Malaysian from the small town of Ipoh. She is a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) graduate and is currently a part-time freelance writer with a full time job. She is also a huge mental-health enthusiast and avid animal lover.