We all need to be touched. Our need for physical contact is manifested since birth. As babies, we cry, suckle, and cling to our parents or caregivers. These attachment behaviors promote physical closeness, and we might be reaping the benefits without us knowing.
Cuddling for about 10 minutes releases a hormone called oxytocin or the “love hormone” while inhibiting cortisol aka "the stress hormone". It relieves pain, boosts your immune system, and eases stress or tension. Cuddling before bedtime is even greater because it helps you fall asleep.
Cuddling is for Everyone
There’s a common misconception that cuddling is for romantic partners only. You don’t have to be lovers to gain such benefits! You can hug your family, friends or play with your pets. Mothers who nurse their babies have skin-to-skin interaction that strengthens their bond with each other.
Moreover, cuddling doesn’t even have to be with another person. There are things you can do by yourself such as: rubbing your own shoulders, taking a warm bath or getting yourself a massage. The warm feeling and making some sort of touch connection is enough to make you feel great every day. So go on, cuddle more, and reap its benefits!
Lack of sleep affects the immune system. People who slept 6 hours or less were 4 times more likely to catch a cold compared to those who have an average of 7 hours or more of sleep. Major benefits your immune system gets with enough sleep include the following:
Increased immune function, reduced risk to colds and flu, fight infection and illnesses, help recover from diseases, and beats mental disorders.