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8 Stiff Facts about Morning Wood and Why Guys Get Them

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Do you wake up every day to morning wood? Here are some not-so-naughty facts about why morning boners happen, and how guys feel about them!

Have you ever wondered why you’re sporting a stiffy every morning? Maybe you had a particularly naughty dream, or maybe it’s your body’s natural reaction to your girl snuggling up against you…after all, there’s no way that morning breath is turning you on!

The truth of the matter is this: Guys get morning wood for no reason at all! That’s right. Your hard dick in the morning doesn’t even mean you’re aroused! So what gives? For girls, the thought of their men sporting a sexy morning boner without actually being turned on is quite puzzling.

Most girls don’t spontaneously get wet for no reason at all, so what gives?

Facts about morning wood you probably didn’t know

Whether you’re 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 erection. This term is called nocturnal penile 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. [Read: 13 untold sex secrets you really need to know]

#3 It can happen to women, too. All right, so women don’t get hard dicks in the morning, but there is a vaginal equivalent. That’s right, women get clitoral erections 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 penis, this oxygen and increased blood flow would stimulate the clitoris and cause it to engorge. Sexy, 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 erections during sleep, it may indicate something is wrong with you.

Possible reasons for a lack of a midnight woody may be due to sexual impotence or psychological issues. On the opposite end of the spectrum, since your testosterone levels reach their prime in the early hours, your 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 sexual. 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 penis was imploring them otherwise.

These men also gave varied descriptions as to how different a morning boner feels compared to a genuine “turned-on” penis, citing a morning boner was more “in the way” than anything else.

#7 You can test your penis. 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 *Mini Me* is up to while you’re off in dreamland.

To test your penis 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. [Read: Healthy testicles – 7 easy tests to keep your balls in check]

#8 You morning wood craves release…but not that kind! Since we’ve already established that morning wood is rarely the result of scandalous thoughts, here’s something that may be responsible: a full bladder! When the urethra gets filled, it can cause the penis to engorge, causing a very different kind of boner.

So, if you’ve had a pint of Guinness before bed, or decided to chug a bottle of water for good measure, this liquid may be swishing around and causing your penis to crave a release…of pee!

There you have it, the real truth about guys and their little morning helpers. Whether you choose to take advantage of nature’s hard morning miracle is up to you!

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3 thoughts on “8 Stiff Facts about Morning Wood and Why Guys Get Them”

  1. Lisa says:

    Very interesting as I never knew that this phenomenon happens to women as well. Many of these facts have flown in the face of the myths of why men wake up with an erection. I often believed that it was really due to either a naughty dream or needing to use the bathroom as they had a full bladder. It is also interesting to hear that if a man does not get one and that is a pattern it could be an indication of some sort of problem or dysfunction. I think after reading that a fit man is more prone to have them kind of makes sense to me. Quite interesting information.

  2. Howard says:

    I can’t say I’ve ever had a recent morning wood experience that’s been related to something non-sexual. I’m not a guy who gets them on a regular basis to begin with, but when they happen, my mind is firmly geared towards sex or someone I’ve had my mind on for awhile. I’m actually kind of envious of guys who get them on a regular basis. I can’t remember a time, even in my teenage years, when they were all that frequent. I guess I should book an appointment with my doctor soon, eh?

  3. Doris says:

    I can absolutely say that I have experience this as a woman. Sometimes I have these crazy sex dreams and I wake up feeling so aroused. I think it is very interesting that men are the ones who usually get them, but it does happen to us women. I know that I usually like the feeling so I can only imagine that a guy may too. My boyfriend wakes up with morning wood quite often and it is a bit surprising to me, but after my sex dreams, I really like when we both wake up aroused.

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