This is the position we fall asleep in almost every night. The man sleeps on his back with the woman turned away from him. She uses his underarm to place her pillow (or rests her head on his bicep). The man can reach around naturally and cup her breast or hold her hand/wrist.
Pros & Cons
+ Extremely comfortable position if the man likes to sleep on his back and the woman on her side.
– The arm under the head can “go to sleep” after a certain amount of time.
Why is Cuddling so important?
When you cuddle with someone you care about, your body releases a hormone called oxytocin that calms you and makes you more likely to deal better with stress. Cuddling also has a large connection with being nurtured. It has been shown through research that cuddling helps an infant develop an attachment to his/her parent. This is instinctual and as you grow older, adults can cuddle to form this same attachment. Cuddling has also been shown to boost an infant’s oxygen levels, calm its breathing, and ease pain signals. And for an underweight baby, it raises survival chances by more than a third. It helps the brain grow and makes infection and other illnesses, like hypoglycemia or hypothermia, less likely. This is why we love to cuddle.
Benefits to our bodies from cuddling
- Ease Stress
- When you cuddle with someone you care about, your body releases a hormone called oxytocin that calms you and makes you more likely to deal better with stress.
- Helps Your Heart
- It’s good for your heart. Cuddling lowers blood pressure. Scientists say it’s clearer that women get this benefit from cuddling, but it seems to be true for both sexes.
- Relieves Pain
- A good cuddle may give you more than just moral support after an injury. The oxytocin cuddling releases can help block pain signals.
- Fight Colds
- Too much stress effects the immune system. Hugs from people you trust may protect you against this common virus, especially if you’re under a lot of stress. And if you’re already sick, more cuddling might keep your symptoms from getting worse.
- Connects You to Your Partner
- Oxytocin is sometimes called the love hormone. Whether having sex, cuddling, touching, dancing, or holding hands, your body is releasing oxytocin. Couples who cuddle and kiss freely tend to be happier, healthier, and less stressed.
- Helps You Sleep
- Oxytocin is the key ingredient again. Because of oxytocin calming effects, it relaxes you and helps you sleep.
Benefits to cuddling your partner
- Cuddling improves satisfaction in relationships.
- In an experimental study, increased cuddling for married couples resulted in statistically higher relationship satisfaction. This finding was particularly notable as the couples who increased their cuddling behaviors were compared to couples who increased time spent together over mealtimes and those who did not change their behavior.
- Cuddling helps maintain focus on your partner.
- In the same study, with increased cuddling, the focus is honed in on our romantic partner as opposed to thinking “what else is out there?”
- Cuddling releases oxytocin and promotes positive emotions.
- Affectionate touch behaviors release oxytocin. Oxytocin is a natural love hormone that helps us feel closer to our partners. When we cuddle, we feel a surge of positive emotions such as love, adoration, and trust. While cuddling typically occurs around sexual activity, it is perceived to be a nurturing type of behavior rather than a sexual one.
- Cuddling after sex benefits your relationship.
- In a longitudinal study, the duration and quality of post-sex affection including cuddling are related to greater subsequent reports of relationship and sexual satisfaction. Couples can use this time to be close to each other physically and emotionally, sharing their thoughts and feelings, or not saying anything at all.
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