Also known as an early riser, a morning tent, breakfast boner and the slew of other names given it, no matter what you call it, waking up to a morning glory after a restful sleep is one of the more pleasurable aspects of being a man.
What Causes a Morning Glory:
It is understood that at the end of sleep (during the REM cycle) a part of our brain releases testosterone as we begin to wake-up which resulting in a “morning glory.
Why is a Good Nights Sleep Important?
The same mechanism responsible for “Morning Glories” is also responsible for testosterone production in the body. Testosterone is produced in bursts which are believed to be linked to the phase of sleep just before REM.
During the night testosterone levels gradually build up which is why testosterone levels are highest in the morning. This same mechanism releases testosterone as we wake-up resulting in a morning glory.
Good Nights Sleep is Key to a “Morning Glory”
Research shows that testosterone replenishment is most effective (and also where the morning testosterone levels are the highest) in men who are getting more than 8 hours of sleep.
The same research also shows that men getting between 4-6 hours of sleep have very significantly reduced testosterone production.
Another excellent reason sleep is so critical to male virility.
What if you don’t experience them anymore?
Every healthy man should be experiencing morning glories. Morning Glories are an excellent sign of penile health and if you find you are no longer experiencing them, it can be the first sign of a much larger problem, such as poor circulation or cardiovascular disease.
If you have any such health concerns it is always advisable to discuss your concerns with your health care provider.