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Being in a relationship today can be a bit hard at times. Giving each other space and trying to understand each other can make things right. According to research, one intimate moment needs to happen quite often.

Good For Your Health

Cuddling is something that rarely happens due to busy schedules. Early in the relationship, you couldn’t keep your hands off each other. These intimate moments become rarer if you’ve been with your significant other for a long time

When it comes to cuddling, it becomes a major way to increase your health. “Body to body touch release oxytocin, which helps us bond, and can lower anxiety, depression and blood pressure. I recommend cuddling to increase intimacy with your partner,” therapist Sarah Watson told Bustle.

I Smell A Rat

Cuddling is also a great way to help people sleep. In a 2003 scientific study at Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, rats were monitored to see their sleeping behavior following intimacy.

“Based on these findings, we postulate that oxytocin has a dual mechanism of action independent of the physiological state. Under basal, stress-free conditions, endogenous oxytocin may promote sleep,” the study states.

Struck A Nerve

As expected, there are some issues that come with cuddling. One major issue involves your nerves. No, we’re not talking about being annoyed. Close cuddling can lead to radial nerve palsy, which could involve surgery if not treated. “It’s best to avoid positions that place pressure on the upper arm either from snuggling up with a loved one or sleeping with your arm curled under your head,” Dr. Nabil Ebraheim said in a statement.

In the end, cuddling will help strengthen your relationship with your significant other. There’s no wrong or right way to cuddle, either. “Good cuddling doesn’t have to mean you’re not moving, or just lying there. You can be wrestling or playing around,” relationship expert Reid Mihalko told Your Tango.