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Morning wood, or being greeted at the break of day with a tumescent male organ, is a common occurrence for most men and may be an indicator of good health.
By John Dugan
Ah, morning wood – frequently the first friend a man sees when he wakes up in the morning. That tumescent male organ that greets so many men at the start of the day is so familiar that most of us take it for granted. A guy barely gives it a thought (although he may occasionally give it a few tugs when he has the time), but that morning wood can tell a man a lot about his manhood health - and even something about his overall health as well.
So waking up with a tumescent male organ is common – but why should it be? What is it about sleeping that causes morning wood? To understand that, it’s necessary to first understand the whole tumescence process.
Clearly, a man’s member becomes firm in order to facilitate sensual activity. Without a suitable tumescence, coupling, oral sensual activity, self-pleasuring or any other form of sensual engagement is not possible.
Most of the time, tumescence occurs as a result of arousal. That means, a man receives some form of sensory input – a pheromone scent, a visual that creates sensual appeal, a manual stimulation of the organ, etc. – that the brain interprets as pleasurable. It responds by telling the body to release chemicals that cause the manhood to become engorged with blood. The strength of the sensory input (and the health functioning of the member) will determine how firm the member becomes and how long it stays firm.
During the waking hours, men get firmness when they see someone wearing revealing clothing or hear someone speaking in a sultry voice. But they may also get hardness for no apparent reason. Often this is due to the spinal cord releasing the chemicals that bring about a reaction at random intervals.
So why is a man waking up tumescent? Because during sleep, a person goes through several cycles of what is called REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM sleep. During the phases of REM sleep, the brain is likely to release the chemicals responsible for arousal. And most of the time when a man wakes up, he is coming out of an REM phase – and hence is more likely to sport a bit of morning wood.
In some instances, a man may wake up with hardness because he has a need to urinate and the sleeping body responds to that by forming a tumescence, which makes it less likely that the man will urinate while sleeping.
It’s generally a good sign to wake up with a tumescent male organ. It’s clearly a sign that things are functioning well, that the member is capable of achieving firmness and that there is no reason to assume serious tissue damage or other manhood health issues. And by increasing oxygen flow to the manhood (through the increased flow of blood), the nocturnal and morning reactions help to maintain that health.
What about men who don’t regularly wake up with a tumescence? It may be a sign of dysfunction and/or low male hormone levels. It may also indicate some other health issues. For example, lack of regular firmness may indicate some cardiac or blood pressure issues. Diabetes can also affect tumescence activity, as can depression (even when asleep). So men who do not find themselves with morning wood on a fairly regular basis may want to check with a doctor for other possible concerns.
A tumescent male organ, whether in the form of morning wood or not, benefits from regular application of a first rate manhood health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Overaggressive handling may result in diminished manhood sensitivity, which can be aided by a crème with neuroprotective acetyl L carnitine. And a crème with vitamin C can aid in proper male member blood flow as well as needed collagen production. Keeping the male organ healthy is worth the minimal investment of time and attention.