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What's The Deal With Morning Wood?

March 10, 20149 min
You're woken up every single day by your man's erection. Does this mean that your man is more aroused in the mornings?Sharing a bed with your man can be great, that is until your daily wake up call comes from between your sheets and not your nightstand.You may think your man just had a very intimate sexual fantasy in his sleep and is looking for a way to have it satisfied. This is not always the case.Did you know that morning wood has nothing to do with sexual desire?Actually, it happens when your man is in his REM (rapid eye movement) sleep cycle. During REM, your body turns off some neurotransmitters that regulate body functions, one of them being in charge of stopping erections.REM decreases norepinephrine levels and testosterone is free to pump as much blood into the penis, causing an erection.This doesn't mean that men aren't aroused immediately when they wake up. Each person is different, and some men and women may or may not be aroused in the morning, but later in the day.Director of San Diego Sexual Medicine Irwin Goldstein, MD joins Melanie Cole, MS to explain why morning wood happens and if it means men are more sexually aroused than women.

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