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Why cuddling is good for your health

Why cuddling is good for your health


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With the seemingly endless winter weather still raging, cuddling up with your favorite person and a warm blanket seems like the only way to get through. A proper cuddle session doesn't just make you cozy and happy, it's actually good for your health, too. In fact, there are many ways cuddling can positively impact your physical and emotional well-being.

Cuddling reduces stress and anxiety

Don't stress, snuggle! According to a study published in Scientific Reports, cuddling can lead to a decrease in levels of cortisol, which is a hormone often associated with stress. When you cuddle, your body releases oxytocin, a hormone often referred to as the "cuddle hormone." Oxytocin promotes bonding, relaxation and calmness while also reducing stress.

Cuddling sharpens immunity

In a post-pandemic world, you're always looking for ways to boost your immune system. A study conducted by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that individuals who reported receiving more hugs and social support were less likely to develop a cold than those who did not receive as much physical contact. This is because the act of cuddling and physical touch can stimulate the production of white blood cells, which are essential for fighting off infections and diseases.

Cuddling improves sleep

When you're sleeping well, the world looks a whole lot brighter. According to a study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, couples who cuddled before bedtime reported better sleep quality than those who did not cuddle. In fact, sweethearts who slept together even tend to synchronize their sleep patterns—a sign of relationship depth and satisfaction.

Another reason cuddling improves sleep is that it helps regulate body temperature and releases feel-good hormones, such as oxytocin and serotonin, which promote relaxation and sleepiness.

Cuddling strengthens relationships

If you love someone, cuddle them! Snuggling can enhance your relationships with significant others and loved ones alike. According to a study published in Personality & Social Psychology, couples who reported higher levels of physical affection, including cuddling, were more satisfied with their relationships than those who reported lower levels of physical affection. This is because cuddling can help to foster feelings of intimacy and closeness between partners, which can lead to stronger emotional connections and greater relationship satisfaction. That satisfaction in turn boosts mental and physical health.

Cuddling reduces pain

Talk about a pain reliever! Cuddling can have some serious physical benefits, like reducing pain and discomfort. According to Medical News Today, the act of holding hands with a loved one can help to reduce pain in individuals who are experiencing physical discomfort. This is because physical touch can help to release endorphins, which are natural painkillers.

Cuddling improves general development

If you want to raise a healthy, well-balanced child, don't overlook the importance of hugs and kisses! According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, cuddling and physical touch are essential for a child's healthy development. Infants who are held and cuddled regularly tend to cry less, sleep better and have stronger emotional bonds with their caregivers.

Cuddling is a simple yet powerful way to improve physical and emotional well-being. From reducing stress and anxiety to boosting immune systems, improving sleep quality and strengthening relationships with others, cuddling up can pay dividends with your health.

Minky Couture naturally promotes cuddling with their soft, oversized blankets. With a grande or monster size blanket, you have plenty of room to share without someone hogging the covers. So grab one of their blankets online or in-store and cozy up with someone you love.

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