, known medically 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 all of your burning morning wood questions.
Quick Facts About Morning Wood
Why Do Men Get ?
is quite common for men and boys, beginning during childhood and lasting into old age.
Morning wood's causes aren't perfectly understood, but experts 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; and more directly, a prolonged lack of or can be signs that you may have some underlying health conditions to assess.
What Causes Morning Wood?
's root causes aren't perfectly understood and are likely multifactorial; you'll likely never pinpoint a single reason for morning wood. 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 morning wood, which may be why so many men wake up with morning boners 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 also relaxes and takes the gas off of these suppressing hormones. Boners, including morning wood, are more likely when we're relaxed, and this is the case during too.
Can I Have Wakeup Or Morning Sex With Morning Wood?
If you wake up with morning wood next to your romantic partner, and they're in the mood too, 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, meaning can be a great way to get some intimacy in before the stresses of day-to-day life takes over. Morning wood is just fine for sex.
Morning Wood Gone? What To Do About No Morning Wood
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 down. Less episodes are to be expected as we age and our levels begin to fall.
Is less for concern?
It could be if your loss of morning wood is 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 involved 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 E.D. include:
- being overweight
- high lipids
Smoking, alcoholism , or a night of excessive drinking can also impact your ability to get an .
These are also all issues that 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 happen after beginning a new medication. Certain painkillers, like opioids, are known to contribute to the development of E.D., and many anti-depressant medications can contribute to erectile dysfunction too.
If you have questions or concerns about your morning wood or erection strength, talk to a about your symptoms.
How To Get Morning Wood 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 E.D. or no morning wood.
Eat right and exercise regularly to combat obesity, get your 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 E.D. and possibly the loss of regular . The good news is that E.D. can be reversible.
Morning wood, or penile tumescence, is a normal and healthy occurrence for men of all ages. As you age, it's likely for your morning wood frequency or strength to fade.
If you experience a sudden loss of morning wood episodes, or your erections suddenly aren't strong, talk to a doctor about your options. A healthier lifestyle may be enough to kickstart your sexual strength, and E.D. medications are another great consideration.