WHY MORNING ERECTIONS ARE GOOD

Waking up with an erection is something most men take for granted. You go to sleep. You wake up. It’s there. Yet it’s likely a lot of men don’t realise how good morning erections are as an indicator of overall health. That’s because they’re believed to be a sign your vascular and nervous systems are functioning properly.

 

But if you stop getting an erection, should you be concerned? For the most part, yes. It could be a sign of underlying health issues, some of which can be extremely serious.

 

To figure out what could be going wrong we need to understand what causes morning erections in the first place.  There’s little conclusive data to pinpoint exactly why men get morning erections but experts believe it’s the result of a series of physical or hormonal changes that occur when you sleep. 1,2

 

Hormone Production

During sleep, particularly REM sleep, your body goes through a series of hormonal changes. One of these involves shutting down a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine, which is responsible for preventing blood flow to the penis. While this is happening, testosterone levels increase causing vasodilation. The flood gates are now open and blood is free to flow into the penis. Since testosterone levels are normally higher just before you wake up, you’re more likely to wake up with a morning erection. As you age, circulating levels of testosterone decrease resulting in lower sex drive and fewer morning erections. This could be why morning erections become less common in older men.

 

Physical Stimulation

During sleep, physical contact with your partner (or even just pressure from your sheets, pillow or clothing) can cause you to develop an erection. It’s also thought a full bladder pressing on nerves in the spinal column can cause an erection as well.

 

If you’re getting morning erections regularly, give yourself a pat on the back. If not……. read on.

 

First off, not getting morning erections on occasion is completely normal. It’s when it doesn’t happen at all you need to consult your doctor. Erection difficulties are often symptomatic of an underlying condition including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol – serious health issues that can have a direct impact on blood circulation around the body. Other causes could be prescription medicine, low testosterone levels, stress, anxiety or depression.

 

Because erection difficulties are often multi-factorial, and they’re difficult to self-diagnose. So if you’re not getting morning erections take it as sign to see your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Your doctor will have a better idea what’s going on, what tests to take (easy things like blood pressure) and give you a good steer on how to get your morning mojo back. If things are more serious and you’re not getting an erection at any stage of the day (especially when you want) they may even prescribe a treatment like Viagra

 

To learn more about erection difficulties and how Viagra can help, click here.    

 

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References:

https://www.healthline.com/health/mens-health/morning-wood  Accessed 13 February 2019

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/men-get-morning-erections-5-answers-questions Accessed 13 February 2019