4. CUDDLING STRENGTHENS A WOMAN’S BOND
Here again, the chemical oxytocin is at play. As mentioned, oxytocin can strengthen the bond in a relationship. This same bonding mechanism also applies to a mother and her baby. Oxytocin helps new mothers in other ways, as well. First, oxytocin eases the process of breastfeeding. Second, the chemical also encourages sleep – something that a new mother desperately needs!
5. CUDDLING CURTAILS STRESS
In a study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology (really?), researchers discovered the potent stress-reducing effects of oxytocin:
– Oxytocin levels increase in response to a “wide variety of stressful stimuli.”
– Oxytocin suppresses physiological stress levels
– Oxytocin lowers norepinephrine (an adrenaline precursor) and decreases blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol (stress) hormones.
These stress-relieving properties are very helpful in our relationships.