Morning Erections – Just the Facts
If you’re like most men, you probably wake up most morning with an erection. This erection, known in popular culture as ‘morning wood,’ may happen as often as every morning, or less frequently. Here are a few facts to help put your mind at ease about your morning wood.
- Morning erections are totally natural. These erections are a part of the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of your sleep. During this stage, the brain shuts off some of the neurotransmitters that control movement and some other unnecessary body functions. This is to prevent you from acting out your dreams. One of these transmitters, known as norepinephrine, is reduced during this stage. Normally, this neurotransmitter prevents erections by preventing the blood vessels in the penis from dilating. At night, when the body’s levels of norepinephrine are lowered, the penis is able to become erect.
- Morning wood is NOT a precursor of erectile dysfunction. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Frequent morning erections are the sign of a healthy reproductive system. The lack of these erections, on the other hand, can be a sign that there is a problem that could lead to erectile dysfunction. The presence of morning wood is actually one of the most accurate ways to determine if impotence in the bedroom is related to a physical issue or an emotional one.
- Morning wood doesn’t just happen in the morning. You don’t stay in one stage of sleep for the entire night. Instead, you move through various stages of sleep. The REM sleep stage occurs multiple times during the night, and every time you reach this stage, there is the potential for a nighttime erection.
- If you don’t sleep well, you may not see morning erections. You have to be able to reach that REM stage of sleep for morning erections to occur. If you don’t sleep well, or you take sleeping aids in order to get your z’s, then you may see a lack of morning erections. If you are concerned, look at your sleeping schedule first. Keep a sleep diary or invest in a fitness tracker that also tracks your sleep cycles.
- Low Testosterone can prevent morning erections. If you find that your morning erections have vanished, it might be a good idea to get your testosterone level tested. In addition to affecting your sex life and energy levels, a low amount of testosterone in the bloodstream can prevent morning erections from forming. A quick blood test can tell you if you need to consider taking testosterone supplements.
So, as you can see, there’s no reason to worry about those morning erections unless they stop occurring. If you notice a distinct lessening in the frequency of your morning or nighttime erections, make sure to talk to your doctor to make sure there are no underlying medical issues that need to be addressed. There is no reason to be embarrassed about a little morning wood; it’s perfectly natural means that all of your parts are in perfect working order!