Something wakes you up in the middle of the night, and you realize your completely erect. What’s up with that? (No pun intended.) Was your partner wriggling against you while you slept? Did you have an erotic dream you can’t remember? Were you kidnapped by aliens?
While all of those are possibilities, chances are it’s just Mother Nature’s way of keeping your penis happy and healthy!
Middle of the night and early morning erections are an important way to keep your penis in tip-top shape. These nocturnal erections serve several purposes, including:
- Fresh, oxygenated blood is pumped into the penis with each erection. This stretches out the tissues and ensures they’re properly supplied with the nutrients they need to stay healthy.
- Nocturnal hard-ons help prevent erectile dysfunction.
- From a procreation perspective, waking up with an erection is nature’s way of encouraging you to reproduce.
All healthy men have several erections while they sleep. If you find yourself not waking up with morning wood, when you used to, definitely see a medical professional. It could be a sign of a vascular issue that is better taken care of sooner rather than later.