There's nothing like snuggling up with your significant other on a cold night under a warm blanket, preferably with a bowl of caramel popcorn on your laps. But the truth of the matter is that our limbs aren't puzzle pieces that merge perfectly together without any thought. It can take months of snuggle trials before you and your significant other finally figure out that if you just move your leg over an inch to the left and he/she stops doing that weird thing with his elbow, you will have achieved perfect snuggle formation.
The story of snuggling isn't always a happy one, as these eight GIFs prove.
Without a doubt, one of the most annoying things about spooning your partner is that one leg always seems to be left out of the party. Do you hoist this leg over your partner's hips and then deal with the consequences of an awkward dangling foot? Should you attempt to link your knee with the back of their knee? There's really no elegant solution for the renegade leg.
Speaking of spooning, at what point during cuddling does it become acceptable for you to turn over and commence spoon position? If you act too early, your partner might think you're trying to avoid a make-out session. If you wait too long, you miss out on the chance to be the inside of the spoon, which we all know is the best place to be.
It's natural to want to turn snuggling into something a lot saucier — after all, your bodies are so close together you've practically transformed into one being. While sex born from snuggling is the best, it's not always what you have in mind. Try explaining that to a partner who is all hot and bothered from spooning you from the back for the last 15 minutes.
You start snuggling at 10 p.m. and you're both fast asleep on the couch by 11 — it's just a fact of couple life. Unfortunately, it's more or less a given that you'll wake up hours later with neck and back cramps because your couch was not meant for extreme snuggling.
The number one rule in snuggling: Even if you choose to remove all of your clothing (hey, no one is going to judge you here), you must keep your socks on unless you're 100 percent sure your feet aren't icebergs. Freezing cold feet are a big distraction while cuddling and will automatically kill the mood.
It takes two to snuggle tango. You have to both be in the mood to be lazy together, as a team (yay, Team Lazy!) and have to be willing to succumb to the idea that you'll be spending the next few hours interlocked. If one person so much as expresses an interest in getting up and making nachos, it could mean game over. Plan beforehand. Make all nacho treats beforehand. Then settle in for the long haul.
Here's what happens when you snuggle a person who is either much taller or shorter than you: Your body parts merge in strange ways. Someone's torso collides against a partner's hips — that sort of thing. With practice, though, your ideal snuggle position will be achieved. Never give up.
And the number one struggle of snuggling: having to muddle through a day of chores and responsibilities to enjoy the ultimate reward: unabashedly awesome snuggle time with the person you love most in the world. What could be better?
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