Behold: The Best Cuddling Positions For Every Situation

Photographed by Natalia Mantini.
It’s safe to say that, for most people, being held (by someone you actually like) feels nice. And cuddling doesn’t only feel good — it can actually do good, too.
Research suggests the benefits of cuddling may range from relieving stress to increasing libido to improving communication. All great things, right? The way this works is that cuddling can cause the brain to release both oxytocin (which can make us feel connected to one another while also possibly relieving pain and boosting our immune systems) and dopamine (which is one of the brain's major feel-good chemicals). Plus, cuddling after sex has been shown to lead to more satisfying sex lives and relationships.
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Obviously, there are lots of reasons, not all of which are science-backed, that you’d want to cuddle. So why limit yourself to basic spooning?
Ahead, we’ve crafted a bunch of cuddling positions to try (or avoid, depending on your position preferences and/or your cuddling partner). Try these with a romantic partner or a friend — as long as they’re down to cuddle, too, of course.
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The Backpack

When only one of you wants to cuddle.
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The Mountain Climber

One person sprawls on the other like Spiderman scaling a skyscraper. This is also a great opportunity to scream, “Please don’t ever leave me!”
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The Rom-Com Caress

One of you lays on the other with your head on their chest. This one’s ideal for intense conversations without eye contact and old-fashioned cigarettes-after-sex movie scenes.
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Illustrated by: Paola Delucca.
The One-Night Stand
A light, non-committal “thanks for a good time” embrace, because after all, you did just put your parts in each other's parts.
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Illustrated by: Paola Delucca.
The Tanning Twosome
Soak up some z’s in this very chill pose. Even better if you have some glow-in-the-dark star stickers on the ceiling to make it feel like camping.
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Illustrated by: Paola Delucca.
The Standard Spoon

A traditional scoop-from-the-back embrace — it’s cozy, it’s comforting, it’s a classic.
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Illustrated by: Paola Delucca.
The “I Still Love You”

This is a simple toe-touch — because you’re claustrophobic, or it’s too hot to get wrapped in sweaty skin.
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Illustrated by: Paola Delucca.
The Teaspoon & Ladle

This one is like spooning, except one of you is a very tall person and the other is a much shorter person.
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Illustrated by: Paola Delucca
The Air-Mattress Mess

This one’s somewhat of a forced cuddle that occurs when the air seeps out of your air mattress and you both sink to the middle.
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Illustrated by: Paola Delucca.
The Escape

This one’s for when a bed hog causes one of you to hang on for dear life on the mattress edge.
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Illustrated by: Paola Delucca.
The Threesome Touch

You plus two other hotties after the best night of your life.
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Illustrated by: Paola Delucca.
The Buddy-Comedy Pose

This butt-to-butt is a favorite among mouth breathers, couples who have been together too long, and fans of buddy comedies.
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Illustrated by: Paola Delucca.
The Walking-Down-The-Aisle Embrace

This one’s great for being arm-in-arm with bae while still taking care of your back.
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Illustrated by: Paola Delucca.
The Hard-On Hug

You know, when one of you has a sleep boner and the other one is trying to avoid it.
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Illustrated by: Paola Delucca.
The Winter Snuggle

Two words: body heat.
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Illustrated by: Paola Delucca.
The Teamwork Tangle

When you need a little space but still want to feel like a power couple.
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Illustrated by: Paola Delucca.
The Be-Careful-Of-The-Baby

For this one, you’ve got a newborn between you and your partner — who will hopefully sleep through the night. (Yeah, right.)
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