Why do guys wake up with an erection? has he been cheating in his dreams? Is it normal to get hard-ons in your sleep?
That’s the erection guys wake up with first thing in the morning. If the guy’s in bed with a partner, it can make for a sensual start to the day. And if he’s alone, he can take a DIY approach.
Some women worry about their man’s morning glory. “What has he been dreaming about?” they wonder. “Was it me – or someone else?” But night-time hard-ons are a normal part of a healthy guy’s life, and they’re totally beyond his control. Two to three erections during sleep are normal, each lasting about half an hour.
Mind you, scientists are still confused about why men get them. Since they only happen during REM sleep, when we dream, night-time erections could be linked to sexual fantasies, some research suggests. Though if a guy says he’s no idea what on earth he was dreaming about, don’t hit him with the pillow, he’s probably telling the truth.
A more complicated theory about
the cause of slumber hard-ons has to
do with the brain cells called neurons. When particular type of neuron is active, erections are a no go. But during REM sleep they shut down their activity. And that could make it possible for guys to
get hard over and over again throughout the night.
Night-time erections can at times be
so painful. They woke a man from his slumber, and caused him grief for half
a year before he headed for a check-up. When he did visit his doctor, the good news is that medical treatment cleared up his problem in no time. It must have been a major relief – the 35-year-old Brazilian man could get no sleep since his painful
erections woke him up three to four times a night, every night. Meanwhile, his daytime erections were perfectly normal.
So what might have caused this man to have these two types of erections? Well, his doctors aren’t all that sure. What
they do know is that the medicine they gave him helped relax his pelvic muscles and improved the way he slept. In the process, they also demonstrated that painful night-time erections have nothing to do with the healthy variety guys get throughout the night.