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When the morning erection is absent


The absence of a morning erection is not necessarily a cause for concern.

However, nocturnal erections can provide information about penile health and erectile dysfunction (ED).

The “Morning Glory” & Nocturnal Erections

Normally, men have several erections during sleep. In a healthy man, the member becomes erect one to five times in one night and then becomes flaccid again. If the last of these sleep erections lasts until awakening, it is called a morning erection (colloquially known as “morning glory”).

Sleep erections occur in men of all ages, even in infants who do not yet experience any sexual desire.

This is because nocturnal erections are related to the activation of certain brain regions during the REM phase (dream phase) and are not caused by sexual stimulation.

Since the duration and frequency of REM phases increase in the morning hours, a “morning woody” is therefore more common than an erection on waking in the middle of the night.

When the morning erection is absent

A “morning glory” is a good sign of a man’s hormonal and sexual health. Nevertheless, the absence of a morning erection is not a cause for concern at first.

Waking up at a time during the sleep cycle that does not coincide with a REM phase means the penis is not erect.

The older we get, the more likely it is that the frequency of nocturnal erections will also decrease. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease or depression, and mental illness can also affect the ability to have an erection in the morning. So can certain medications.

In younger men, stress in everyday life, a time change or sleep disturbances can really mess up the sleep rhythm. As a result, the morning erection can also be interrupted.

If the nightly erections fail completely, it is advisable to discuss the problem with a urologist or andrologist.

If you notice changes in your limb, see an andrologist or urologist early!

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Indicator of Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction can have physical as well as psychological causes. Sometimes both physical and psychological factors are involved at the same time.

If a man suspects he is suffering from ED and discusses the problem with his doctor, he will also ask him about his morning erection.

This is because if the patient still wakes up with a healthy erection, it may be an indication that his potency problems are more psychological.

However, if the affected person has also not had a morning erection for a long time, this could be due to physical causes of the problem.

Of course, the morning erection is not the only criterion for assessing erectile dysfunction.

Any andrologist will consider the person’s other medical history, physical condition, testosterone levels, medications taken, and many other points in making a diagnosis.

If you notice changes in your limb, see an andrologist or urologist early!

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Dr. med. Franklin Kuehhas

About the Author

Dr. med. Franklin Kuehhas Dr. Franklin Kuehhas is a medical specialist in the field of urology and andrology. He received his specialization training at the University College London. He also underwent his training at the prestigious University Hospital in Heidelberg (Germany) and at the University Hospital of Vienna (Austria). Dr Kuehhas focuses on the treatment of congenital and acquired penile curvatures (Peyronie’s disease), implantation of penile prostheses and also aesthetic genital surgery in men.