Get Your Cuddle On
The many benefits of snuggling up next to someone special
From the LifeMinute.TV Team
January 6, 2022
There's nothing better than curling up on the couch on a cold day and cuddling. And perhaps that's why National Cuddle Up Day falls during the winter on January 6. To celebrate the day, here are more reasons to cuddle someone special.
When you cuddle someone, your body releases a hormone called oxytocin. This hormone can help you relax and lower anxiety. It can also reduce the secretion of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Sometimes you can speak to others more effectively without words. Cuddling close to someone you love can show you care about them. It expresses affection. That can be especially important when strengthening the bond between a newborn and a mother.
Research suggests hugging or cuddling for several seconds can trigger an increase in the release of oxytocin and serotonin. Serotonin helps regulate inflammation and immunity and is associated with feelings of happiness. And improved mental health can benefit physical health.
A 2014 study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that couples who cuddle after sex report more relationship and sexual satisfaction. For some, cuddling is even more intimate than sex.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Regular cuddling can help the whole nervous system relax. Blood pressure comes down when the body is calm and has less stress. Fully relaxing for a few minutes a day could lower your systolic blood pressure by 10 points or more.