Women who live with their partners have certainly had the opportunity to see their darling awake with a proud erection, and probably already succumbed to the temptation of it. This fairly common phenomenon raises many questions from both sides: How does this happen? Why ? Does it affect the sexual health of humans? Let’s take a prying look at the morning, or rather nocturnal, erection of these gentlemen.
First of all, it is important to know that erection in humans does not only happen following sexual stimulation. Indeed, healthy men also have erections during their sleep, and that are not due to erotic dreams. From its scientific name, nocturnal penile tumescence, this phenomenon usually lasts between 15 and 45 minutes, with an average of 20 minutes, and is repeated 3 to 5 times a night, the latter tending to occur towards the end of the night or early in the morning, which gives rise to the famous morning erection.
How do these nocturnal erections occur?
Faced with stress and various sources of daily tension, the brain releases noradrenaline, a hormone known for its strong erectile inhibiting effect. However, during sleep, the secretion levels of this hormone drop dramatically, which promotes muscle relaxation and dilation of arteries that gorges blood: it is erection.
This phenomenon of dilatation and engorgement of blood occurs periodically during the night, which corresponds to the number of erections taking place during it.
What do the nocturnal erections of human health reveal?
Having regular nighttime erections means that the man enjoys good blood circulation in the penis, which contributes to better sexual health. Moreover, these erections which take place involuntarily during the night can reveal if possible sexual breakdowns are due to psychological or physiological causes.
Thus, a man who has difficulty in having an erection during sexual intercourse but whose nocturnal erections are present, would simply be prey to stress and anxiety that prevent him from being sexually effective. However, if these are also absent, this may be a sign of circulatory disturbances in the penis, which in turn would indicate underlying health problems such as heart disease, clogged blood vessels, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol or hypertension.
What are the effects of nocturnal erection on the penis?
According to Dr. Tobias Köhler, associate professor and director of the Department of Urology’s residency program at the University of Southern Illinois Medical School, having regular nighttime erections would help, thanks to the repeated blood flow carrying oxygen and nutrients, to keep the penile tissues soft and elastic, and to maintain a good trophicity of the penis.
In addition, regular contraction and relaxation movements help maintain penile tone and elasticity, while their absence may eventually cause shrinkage.
What to do in case of prolonged absence of morning erections?
If you notice a drop in the number of your morning erections, there is no need to worry, because the man could still have erections during the night and of which he is not aware. But if their absence lasts several months, it is strongly recommended to consult a doctor to treat the health disorders which can be the cause of it.
Depending on the diagnosis, the man can receive the appropriate treatment, whether to regulate cholesterol or blood pressure, relieve depression or chronic stress, or to offset the decline in testosterone levels. Thus, he will be able to find his glorious mornings and benefit from a better sexual health.