May 29, 2014
By Jane Brown
Cuddling after sex, rather than going to separate sides of the bed, has been identified by Canadian researchers as being a contributor to sexual and relationship satisfaction.
Lead author Amy Muise at the University of Toronto says “the findings are intuitive and not different from what would be expected.” But she says there wasn’t a lot of research about what it actually is about sex that’s contributing to people feeling happier about their relationship. “I think this research suggests that it might be beneficial to sort of broaden this idea of sex and think about some of these more affectionate behaviours as being actually important for how satisfied with the sex that you’re having with your romantic partner as well as how satisfied you feel about the overall relationship.”
Muise says higher rates of post-sex affection were not linked to gender. The men in the study seemed to be as pro-cuddle as the women.
Most of the participants who signed up for this research were either living together or married with relationship lengths anywhere between four months and 30 years.