In the morning, most boys and men wake up with their penises fully erect. This is what is referred to as ‘morning wood.’ The scientific name for it is nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT). Although you won’t wake up each day with morning wood, it happens often. Waking up with an erect penis generally happens to young guys. However, NPT can happen to men no matter their age. There are some misconceptions about waking up with an erect penis. Some think that the reason they wake up like that is because of sexual stimulation. While that may be true, it is not always the case though.
Overall, there are several natural reasons and occurrences why your body decides to give your penis a morning hard on. The theories on why this happens are many. One of them is that men experience hormone shifts during the morning period. During this time when one is waking up, the testosterone levels of a person are at their highest. As men begin to get older, they may see a decrease in morning wood cases. That happens to men who are between the ages of 40 and 50.
Another key factor is the physical stimulation that occurs even when we sleep. A person’s body can be very aware of the things happening around them although their eyes are shut. The person you are sleeping with could graze your penis or touch you genital area. When that happens, your penis will get hard and you end up erect. The body will sense the stimulation and the response will be a hard-on. The brain is also more relaxed when you are waking up. In turn, the body acts differently. The hormones used to suppress erections are released.
Needing to urinate is not a reason why you wake up with a stiff penis though. While some may get an erect penis in the morning due to dreams or thoughts of sex, that isn’t always the case. Getting NPT in the morning is a sign that you are healthy. Men all of all ages experience it and it means your blood flow is functioning properly. It also means that the nervous system is healthy. Males as young as 6 to 8 years old will have morning wood. And those as old as 60 to 70 will also experience it.
Typically, a person will have morning erections about three to five times during the week. Some cases of morning erectness last 30 minutes or longer. It is said that some men last as lonag as two hours with NPT. But, once you wake up, the morning wood will go away slowly within a few minutes. In the event that you stop getting NPT, you may need to see a doctor. That could be a sign of erectile dysfunction (ED). Something in your body may be hampering the blood flowing to your genital area. That happens when it is not receiving sufficient blood. Men with diabetes, depression, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels are likely candidates. So are those suffering from depression or other physical disabilities.