Morning wood is another way to refers to the early morning erections that are frequently present among men. Erections, or penile tumescence, occur during the sleep stage called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep.
It seems that during the REM cycle, the body’s systems are tested, including the function of the erectile tissue within the penis. The parasympathetic nerves trigger the tissues to become engorged with blood, and then firm.
There are a few reasons that a man may not wake up with a morning erection. First, younger adolescent boys who are not fully capable of erections will not likely have one upon awakening. These erections may occur with increasing frequency later in puberty, and into adult life. Men may not wake with an erection if they’re not coming out of REM sleep at that time. But the lack of Morning wood is linked to Erectile Dysfunction and it could, eventually, lead to ED (1)
Here we will analyze in depth this phenomenon and we will give you several tips to fix your morning wood.
Night time or morning erections are sign of good vascular health
Morning wood happens to most healthy men on a regular, almost nightly basis. So why does it happen and why does it matter?
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When you are in a REM cycle, your body shuts down the production of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that constricts the blood vessels leading to your penis. It does this so it can begin the repair and rebuilding process of your pipes.
So if you miss out on this REM sleep cycle, or fail to stay in it long enough, norepinephrine will stay elevated all night long, which will impact your wood the following morning. This lack of nighttime blood flow will also cause other problems, because the rush of blood into your penis at night oxygenates and repairs vascular smooth muscle cells while you sleep (2).
Morning erections are sign that testosterone levels are normal
The amount of testosterone in a man’s body in the morning is far greater than any other time in the day. This surge of testosterone is also one of the leading reasons for a morning erection (3).
Lack of morning wood means possible low testosterone or poor vascular health – should be addressed
When your morning erections (morning wood) stop sprouting in the early hours of the day, your chances of having regular, healthy wood at other times are likely to be far lower too.
Guys whose morning erections are fading fall into 2 categories:
- Stress/sleep related:
For some guys, this means that they need to get earlier nights, depend less on caffeine to wake up in the mornings, and drink less alcohol. Higher levels of cortisol, which is produced in response to stress, are common in the digital age of high pressure work environments.
- Deteriorating physical condition/cardiovascular health
For other guys, the lack of morning wood could be seen as a more serious sign of declining health. Your sexual performance reveals a lot about your physical condition.
Low testosterone and its impact on wood production hasn’t been entirely sussed out yet, but we do have plenty of evidence to look at…For one, when testosterone levels drop, blood sugar levels usually rise, and arteries harden quickly when you have too much sugar in your blood. And hard arteries make soft erections.
Low-t also causes insomnia in many men and nothing will terminate am wood faster than poor sleep patterns (more on this in a minute).
Ways to fix morning wood
This problem could be temporary. Here you have some good advice to improve it:
Lose belly fat –sure way to reduce estrogen and increase testosterone
Belly fat, or visceral fat, is the most dangerous type of fat there is. This deadly fat wraps around the organs deep in your abdomen, spiking your risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke and metabolic syndrome.
Weight gain can accelerate losing testosterone process. According to a study of the New England Research Institute they monitored the health of men ages 40 to 70 for 9 years, they found that the men who became overweight or obese experienced a more rapid drop in testosterone than those who’d kept a normal weight. Thinner men might just be manlier men (5).
Replace with muscle
Vigorous resistance exercise triggers a big burst of testosterone. Stick to weightlifting movements that hit multiple muscle groups, limit your rest between sets, and keep cardio to a minimum. This approach stimulates your body’s production of growth hormone, which helps you build more muscle faster (6).
Stop porn consumption – depletes dopamine which correlates to testosterone
Porn is so easy to access by anyone, that you can actually find what ever your fantasies are with a click of a mouse in your own computer.
You may think this sounds great but before you break out the kleenex, let me stop you there, because the evidence is growing that overconsumption of porn is leading to porn addiction, dopamine burnout and the now infamous PIED (porn induced ED).
Getting high on porn is very similar to a cocaine habit: get high, try some more later. Produce more dopamine in your brain. Then take more to get the same high. Then take a little more. Before you know it, you’re watching porn morning, noon and night.
The result is an addiction to the sharp hits of dopamine your body is getting from the effect. Meaning you may not be able to even get hard without watching porn, or you may lose your wood during sex. (7).
Reduce cosmetics and meds – meds for diabetes, hypertension, and treatments for hair loss can ruin sex drive
Oftentimes low libido is related to your lifestyle, and that includes any medications you are taking. Many medications can interfere with your sex drive, including the 11 that follow. Considering the widespread use of many of these, it’s likely that medication use is a leading cause of low libido
If you’re taking one of these and have experienced a drop in your libido, talk with a natural health care practitioner about drug-free alternatives. Many of the drugs below are used for conditions that are better treated using non-drug methods (8).
HIIT – sure way to rapidly boost testosterone – 8 x 30 second sprints or rapid circuits
The high-intensity interval training or HIIT is a form of cardio that intersperses intervals of high-intensity exercise (such as sprinting) with intervals of either low-intensity exercise (such as walking at a slow pace) or complete rest.
This style is a departure from continuous steady-state (slow and steady) cardio that most people do at a moderate intensity for 30-60 minutes.
New Zealand researchers had competitive cyclists complete 4 weeks of HIIT training involving 30-second sprints on a stationary cycle separated by 30 seconds of rest.
One group sprinted with high resistance on the pedals, making it harder to pedal, while the other group used a lighter resistance, which was easier to peddle.
Both groups peddled as fast as they could during the 30-second sprints. They found that the men peddling at the highest resistance increased their testosterone levels by almost 100 percent, while the group peddling at a lighter resistance only increased test levels by about 60 percent (9).
Low vitamin D – studies show correlation between vitamin D and testosterone
According to a study presented at the American Urological Association 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, low levels of vitamin D are significantly and independently associated with low levels of testosterone in otherwise healthy middle-aged men.
In this new analysis of data from of the World Trade Center CHEST program, blood samples from 824 men were analyzed for various parameters, such as 25-hydroxyvitamin D and total testosterone. Hypovitaminosis D was defined as a 25-hydroxyvitamin D level below 30.0 ng/L.
Total testosterone was higher in men with normal levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D than in men with lower levels (341.7 vs 319.6 ng/L; P = .012) (10).
(2) Good morning wood! Morningsteel.com
(3) Why do we have morning erections. Thehealthsite.com
(4) No morning wood. Miamiherald.com
(5) 3 steps to more testosterone.Menhealth.com
(6) 3 steps to more testosterone.Menhealth.com
(7) How high speed internet porn lowers you testosterone levels and makes you less of a man (Seriously) Anabolicmen.com
(8) Low libido? 11 drugs that affect your sex drive. Mercola.com
(9) The ultimate 8 -week HIIT for fat burning program. Bodybuilding.com
(10) Low Vitamin D Tied to Testosterone Dip in Healthy Men. Menscape.com