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The scientific name for 'morning wood' is "nocturnal penile tumescence".


Morning wood is actually just the leftovers from what happens at night. Nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT) is a natural part of the male sleep cycle, occurring most frequently during the REM cycle in which we dream.

The average night of sleep for a male between 13 and 79 years old involves 90 minutes of erection, or about 20% of overall sleep time.

Females also experience a related vaginal lubrication during their dreaming states, but neither phenomenon is related to sexual activity during the day. The fact that this happens can also be a contentious legal issue. You can read more about that in this article.

NPT is actually helpful when trying to determine the cause of erectile dysfunction. When a man's erectile dysfunction is psychological in origin, NPT still occurs.

Doctors can use electronic monitoring on a sleeping patient to see if they have nighttime erections (WebMD)

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