Whether you’re a male or female, we’re giving you the hard and fast facts about the fickle morning boner mystery!
#1 A rose by any other name.
While we might like to call it “morning wood,” “pitching a tent,” or a “good-morning boner,” there is actually a medical term for sporting a morning e.rection. This term is called nocturnal p.enile tumescence (NPT).
#2 How morning boners get their steam.
Sleepy boners happen most during REM sleep, or the period during your snooze where you’re most likely to dream.
Does this automatically mean you’re having a naughty dream that’s provoking your little friend? Not at all. Because you usually come out of REM sleep in the early morning, your raging stiffy is just residue from your blissful sleep.
#3 It can happen to women, too.
All right, so women don’t get hard dicks in the morning but there is a v.aginal equivalent. That’s right, women get c.litoral e.rections during sleep. It has been suggested that this may be the body’s way of providing adequate oxygen flow throughout the body, including the genitals.
Similar to the p.enis, this oxygen and increased blood flow would stimulate the c.litoris and cause it to engorge. S.exy, right?
#4 Nighttime hardness means you’re fit and healthy.
Not only are sleeping/morning boners totally normal, they may actually mean you’re in good shape. If you don’t get e.rections during sleep, it may indicate something is wrong with you.
Possible reasons for a lack of midnight woody may be due to s.exual impotence or psychological issues. On the opposite end of the spectrum, since your testosterone level reaches it’s prime in the early hours, pitching a morning tent means your health and testosterone are right on the money
#5 It can happen…a lot.
NPT happens on average, 3–5 times in one sleep! That’s a lot of nighttime boners!
#6 Morning wood isn’t always s.exual.
While some men, who find themselves awake next to a frisky partner may put their hardness to good use, one study found that most of the men surveyed weren’t aroused, even though their pe.nis said otherwise.
These men also gave varied descriptions as to how different a morning boner feels compared to a genuine “turned-on” p.enis, citing a morning boner was more “in the way” than anything else.
#7 You can test your p.enis.
Not sure if you’re sporting nighttime action in your boxers? There’s actually a test you can do, albeit a little juvenile, that will help you figure out what your “Long John Silver” is up to while you’re off in dreamland.
To test your p.enis for boneriffic triumphs, start by wearing a loose pair of briefs. Slip your little mister through the fly of your underwear, and tape/lick to moisten and secure a row of stamps around the girth of your shaft.
If you end up with a stiffy in the night, the stamps should be ripped. If not, it’s in your best interest to find out why, so call your doctor.