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The Real Reason You’re So Horny First Thing In The Morning

Find out why your penis is ready to go while you’re still in dreamland - by Jenn Sinrich

It’s 4 a.m. and you wake up with an erection. What gives?

This phenomenon, also known as morning wood, is so common that doctors actually have a medical name for it: nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT).

“It’s typical of adolescents and young men, due to their peak levels of hormones, which correlate to the frequency of their erections and their need for release,” says Dr Gloria Brame, sexologist and author of Sex for Grown-Ups. “Naturally, as men age, this occurrence wanes as their testosterone levels and sexual function decline.”

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So what’s causing them in the first place?

There are plenty of old wives’ tales suggesting your morning erections are caused by sexy dreams, but experts aren’t convinced.

“Morning wood has nothing to do with dreams during the night, as spontaneous erections have also been observed in male fetuses in the womb,” says Uta Demontis, Ph.D., clinical sexologist and relationship coach.

With those ruled out, Demontis says that it’s possible that the male body spontaneously produces erections in the middle of the night to oxygenate his penis with some fresh blood flow.

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“I mainly attribute morning wood to hormonal spikes and assume that it’s those spikes that bring on the dreams or cause men to suddenly be aware that their penis is sensitive during sleep,” says Brame.

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So why don’t you pop sudden erections in the middle of the day?

“The male brain emits an anti-erection chemical during their waking hours that helps keep them from springing an erection at socially inappropriate times,” says Brame.

During sleep, however, this inhibiting factor goes away, allowing erections to come and go freely, she says.

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