The hug goes far beyond its intimate meaning. It is an act that awakens a whole wave of incredible processes in the body that make us not only happier, but also he althier. Different types of touch can have incredible he alth benefits, both physical, mental and emotional.
What happens in your body after just one hug? In our column "Did you know that…?", we will answer this question.
The nervous system relaxes
The light pressure that the hugger's hands exert on your skin sends impulses to the nervous system that reduce stress. This makes you overall calmer and reduces stress levels in the body.
A he althy nervous system largely means a he althy immune system. There is a special inextricable connection between these two complex mechanisms in the body. Therefore, sometimes with strong stress, nervousness, problems or sudden negative situations, immunity drops and you get sick more often. If you get hugs more often this will fix it.
You will sleep better
Cuddles before bed help you sleep better. Just 10 minutes of cuddling is enough to help you fall asleep quickly and get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep throughout the night. Quality sleep helps for more beautiful skin, a he althier immune system, balanced hormonal status, recovery of the body from inflammation, control of metabolism.
Happiness hormone levels rise
One of the best biochemical effects of hugs is increasing the levels of happiness hormones. Serotonin is a natural natural anti-depressant. It is a neurotransmitter that also acts as a pain reliever. Hugs also increase the levels of oxytocin - the hormone of love.
Another benefit of hugs is their ability to improve mood. With the help of hugs, we improve our love life, expand and strengthen our circle of friends, which in turn makes us happier.
Better sex life
Couples who hug more and more often have better sex lives. That's according to a 2014 study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. Longer cuddling time is associated with higher satisfaction and sexual pleasure.