Winter nights can get cold. When I look out my bedroom window to see a dense fog or heavy rain, nights may also feel threatening or lonely. But there’s a solution: cuddling. Preferably under a soft blanket, with comfy pillows. Cuddling offers emotional comfort and security without words. Not to mention a natural source of heat.
Sometimes we have no one to cuddle with, of course. Everything from intermittent relationships to unbearable snoring can be the cause. No matter. We didn’t have anyone to cuddle with as children either. Stuffed animals and soft baby dolls were enough. These days, you can still cuddle with a heating blanket and a large body pillow. I’ve never bought one myself, but they look comfortable. Who wouldn’t want a pillow the size of another person? Brilliant.
But even with a heating blanket and body pillow, loneliness may not disappear. All the pillows and blankets in the world can’t take the place of someone you love. The occasional whisper in your ear. The arms around you. The slight depression of the mattress with each shift. Not every aspect of cuddling can be replaced, but if comforting whispers or a soft-spoken bedtime story are all you’re looking for, look no further than YouTube. There’s an entire online community dedicated to Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR. Read my What is ASMR? blog post on Live-Creatively.com for details.
While curling up alone may not provide emotional comfort, there are benefits. I mentioned snoring earlier. No need to worry about that, unless you wake up to your own snoring. That’s rough. Other problems include tip-toeing to the bathroom or freeing a numb arm without waking your partner. If you don’t have a partner, those problems are solved. And who hasn’t woken up chilled, your share of the covers gone? No problem there either. Sometimes it’s nice to simply be alone.
But there are worse things than friendly company on a cold winter night. Must I reference the seasonal song Baby, it’s Cold Outside? Below is a humorous video featuring cuddling tips. You may find it useful to avoid awkward situations while falling asleep with someone beside you. Happy cuddling.