Morning glory is a good indicator of both erectile and general health. If you usually wake up with an erection, it’s a good sign that your body is physiologically capable of achieving an erection and that you likely aren’t affected by physical ED.
It’s also perfectly normal to occasionally not wake up with an erection. Most men get an erection anywhere from one to five times during sleep. Sometimes, you’ll snap out of sleep at the “wrong” moment and wake up without an erection. As long as it’s occasional, it’s usually not a problem.
However, if you frequently wake up without an erection, there’s a risk that it could be the sign of an underlying health issue such as physical ED.
If you’re concerned that you’re not getting nocturnal(night) erections you can try the simple postage stamp test.
You take a length of connected postage stamps and secure them to your flaccid penis prior to going to sleep. If the perforated connections of the stamps are torn when you wake up it’s evidence that you’re experiencing nocturnal erections. It’s not a perfect test, but it’s something simple you can do by yourself.
Some causes of infrequent or no morning wood are hormonal issues, such as low testosterone, as well as health conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
There are also psychological causes . For example, anxiety and depression can often lead to physical erection problems and may make it harder to wake up with a morning erection.
Another factor that affects the frequency of morning wood is age.
Older men — particularly men in their 60s and 70s — are less likely to experience frequent morning wood than younger men.
Finally, medication can often affect morning wood. If you take prescription antidepressants or painkillers, there’s a chance that these could interfere with your body’s ability to get an erection and cause a loss of morning glory.