If you have a boyfriend, husband or just friends who are boys/men, you'll know what we're talking about. That thing that pricks you while you're enjoying the meadows in your sleep isn't a bee stinging, but your man's glory wood in the morning. While some women hate the occurrence, others don't. Why waste a perfect boner from absolutely zero efforts put in, right?

But what is the reason of this mysterious occurrence? Well, there are a couple of scientific reasons and all of them are fascinating revelations on how awesome our bodies are.

Blame it on Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep

Morning wood, also called Nocturnal Penile Tumescence (NPT), has been associated with REM. During night, your brain shuts down certain neurotransmitters to cool down your body while sleeping. But as you enter the REM part of your sleep, your body relaxes, blood flows, and voila! You get an erection. In fact, men can get around 3-4 erections in their sleep.

It saves your pretty white bed sheets from getting dirty.

Why do men pitch a tent? Well, one theory is that an erection prevents men from wetting the bed. During night time, urine retention is at its fullest. When your bladder is fully engorged, there needs to be a stop signal somewhere, right? And then comes the erection to the rescue. Now, I assume you know that it's close to impossible to pee with a stiffy.

It's just a psychogenic action

If you're dreaming dirty and you end up feeling something that corresponds perfectly to your kinky dream, then of course, you'll end up with a boner. All your dirty dreams, set your nerve endings ablaze, heightening their alertness, and giving you a case of a major wood. With about 4,000 nerve endings, it's hardly a surprise.

It's taking care of your jolly stick

Now this ain't a reason as much as a benefit. But yes, if you're getting perfectly awesome boners in your sleep, then your stick is good to go a long way in bed. Frequent erections keep the penile tissue soft and action-ready. It also suggests that your penis is healthy and you're unlikely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Well, there's definitely more going on than what meets the eye, isn't it?

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