Morning Wood: What And Why?October 5, 2020
Medically reviewed by
Anthony Puopolo, MD
, known formally as (NPT), is a common phenomenon for men of all ages , but it can come and go as our bodies change with age and physical health.
Men are often concerned about , for a variety of reasons. Is normal? What if I don't get anymore?
This guide is designed to answer your burning questions
Quick Facts About
A is common for men of all ages, though it tends to fade with age as levels decline (around mid-40s).
Experts believe occurs through some combination of hormones (high in the ), (underwear rubbing), and/or a relaxed state.
Like ED, your underlying health plays a role in . Less is normal as you age, but if you have sudden loss or associated pain, talk to a .
Why Do Men Get ?
is quite common for men and younger boys beginning during childhood and lasting into old age. Its causes aren't perfectly understood, but experts mostly agree on a few likely causes to waking up with an . levels (both long-term and short-term), , and a relaxed state of mind are all contributing factors. In fact, may be just the tip of the iceberg - many men experience more than one every night without even knowing it!
Regular can be a sign of good health too; or more directly, a prolonged lack of or can be signs that you may have some underlying health conditions to assess.
What causes ?
's root causes aren't perfectly understood and are likely multifactorial; you'll likely never pinpoint a single reason. Here are some of the top assumptions from medical professionals.
Hormones, namely , play a big part in men's overall sexual health. You're practically swimming in the stuff during puberty (remember hiding all of those mid-day erections?), and it remains elevated into your mid-30s. But as men age, levels decline, and by their 70s most men's will have reached their lowest levels.
A higher contributes to waking erections, which means for many men that their regular and/or their becomes less regular as they age.
Additionally, guys' levels are highest in the , right after you wake up. This increase alone is likely sufficient to an , which may be why so many men wake up with erections on a regular basis.
Also important to is stimulation to the . This isn't necessarily intentional or , like from an intimate partner - it could be as simple as your underwear or clothing rubbing your during , or from rubbing against your blankets during the night. Even during , your senses this and reacts with a ready and . Stand to!
When you're awake during the day, your is actually working to suppress erections with certain hormones (after all, you can't be having erections all day every day). But when we're sleeping or in a state of relaxation, our relaxes too and takes the gas off of these suppressing hormones. Boners are more likely when we're relaxed, and this is the case during too.
What about wakeup ?
Go for it! Waking up with a right next to your partner is a great catalyst for some spontaneous intimacy. Your is high and you're already well-rested - can be a great way to get some intimacy in before the stresses of day-to-day life takes over.
is a healthy and normal experience. It's a sign of a properly functioning and in and around the . Many report waking up with almost daily in their youth, but over time that can slow. Less episodes are to be expected as we age and our levels begin to fall.
Is less for concern? It could be if it's rapid or dramatic. If you've experienced every day for years and suddenly it drops off to rarely, it may be time to talk to a . There could be underlying health issues at play that need to be addressed. This could be a sign of , but it may also indicate something is happening that's preventing arousal (to the ) or proper . Likely contributing factors and known causes of ED include: being overweight, depression , high lipids, , and diabetes. Smoking, alcoholism , or a night of excessive drinking can also impact your ability to get an .
These are also all issues the men tend to develop later in life as they age and as more demanding schedule with family and work contribute to a less healthy lifestyle.
Losing your can also emerge after beginning a new medication. Certain painkillers, like opioids, are known to contribute to ED, and many anti-depressant medications can contribute.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk to a about your symptoms (Rex MD can help with online visits and affordable medications).
How to get back
If you've noticed a sudden drop off in , or you're experiencing painful erections in the , it's time to talk to a about what else might be going on.
If you recognize some things in your current wellness that you think could be contributing, improving your physical fitness and taking care of your mental health are two of the fastest ways to address the underlying causes of ED. Eat right and exercise regularly to combat obesity, get pressure and cholesterol under control, and feel healthier. Seek treatment for other chronic underlying conditions, like diabetes, and do what you can to cut back on alcohol or tobacco use if they're an issue for you.
All of these are known risk factors for ED, and possibly the loss of regular . Good news: ED can be reversible .
Concerned about ED? Doctors at Rex MD can help you assess and order ED meds like Viagra ( sildenafil ) and Cialis ( tadalafil ), if approved. Our free virtual visit process is easy, and our ordering is simple.
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