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.
1. One leg is always left out
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.
2. You never know when it’s safe to turn around
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.
3. You want to cuddle, not have sex
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.
4. Snuggling will lead to neck cramps
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.
5. Cold feet will ruin the mood
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.
6. Your snuggle needs have to be in sync
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.
7. Height differences are a very real problem
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.
8. You have to wait so long for snuggle time
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?