Snuggling, cuddling, spooning, snoozing… Whatever you call it, there’s no denying that non-sexual physical touch is essential for a healthy relationship.

Have you ever wondered why cuddling up with your partner at the end of the day feels SO good?

Well, wonder no more because today we’ll dive into the science of snuggling! 

Intimacy is the feeling of connection and closeness between a couple. On its surface, its easy to see how the closeness of cuddling is an excellent non-sexual source of intimacy. As you cuddle you seemingly become one… Your heart rhythms become synchronized, your breathing rates align, you share warmth with each other. Of course this intimate time together will encourage connectedness. Below the surface, love hormones are doing their work and connecting you in even more profound ways. 

To start, there’s a nifty little hormone called oxytocin that’s released during physical touch. This hormone’s nickname is actually the “cuddle hormone”! The effects of oxytocin are vast and complicated, so for the purpose of this article we will focus on the aspects that will improve your relationship.

Oxytocin increases feelings of trust, bonding, and attachment. It also reduces feelings of stress and anxiety, making cuddling with your partner a great way to relax and unwind after a long day. Cuddling without sex is especially important in feeling nurtured and adored. The prolonged whole-body connection that snuggling creates, encourages feelings of comfort and security.

Another hormone that’s released during cuddling is serotonin, A.K.A the “feel good hormone”.  This hormone is responsible for regulating your mood and emotions, they can make you feel happy and relaxed.

Some studies even suggest that cuddling for six seconds will cause a maximum surge of serotonin!

Along with the mood effects, serotonin can also help regulate your sleep. High levels of oxytocin in the bloodstream will help you fall asleep faster.

So, there you have it! The science of snuggling is all about love hormones, mood regulation, and physical benefits.

Next time you cuddle up with your partner, remember that it’s not just a feel-good moment, it’s also good for your relationship and your overall health. We suggest cuddling at least 3-5 times a week. Find a balance that works for you and your partner, make this a habit in your relationship.

So go ahead, snuggle up and get cozy with your partner – let the science of snuggling do its magic.

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