Everyone knows that getting sufficient sleep is one of the more important things a person can do to stay healthy. But not every guy realizes that adequate sleep is also specifically important to maintain good penis health as well. It’s true, however, that getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis can play a role in keeping the manhood healthy and ready for fun.

Wonderful sleep

Sleep is the body’s way of rejuvenating itself every night. If a person never slept, their body would never have sufficient time to let its "gears" cool down. Eventually, all the parts would wear out.

But that doesn’t mean that the body doesn’t continue to do work while it sleeps. After all, people don’t stop breathing just because they’ve paid a visit to the land of Nod. No, the lungs keep operating on "automatic," just as the heart and other vital organs do. But they’re functioning at a more relaxed, slower rate, getting their equivalent of rest.

And the same is true for the penis. Even though a guy’s manhood is indeed getting rest while he slumbers, it isn’t spending the whole night lying around. Any man who has woken up with morning wood or wet dreams knows that the penis keeps on functioning even as it sleeps.

Nocturnal erections

Nocturnal penile tumescence is a normal part of being a man. Most men experience a nocturnal erection three to five times during the course of a full-night’s sleep. They tend to occur when a man is in REM sleep - that is the period of sleeping associated with rapid eye movements, which is also the period in which dreams tend to be the most vivid.

Exactly what causes nocturnal erections is not fully understood. In some cases, they come about because a man has a full bladder. The body wants the man to continue to sleep uninterrupted, and since urinating with an erection is difficult, the body produces the erection to keep the man from urinating in his sleep. However, it seems unlikely that this is the reason for most nocturnal erections.

In some cases, they appear to be in reaction to erotic dreams - often leading, especially during adolescence, to wet dreams, the expulsion of semen from the penis while asleep. But again, this does not account for the many erections which do not result in ejaculation.

Health benefits

Getting a good night’s sleep has many penis health benefits. A man who is well rested is more likely to have a healthy sex drive. He also is more likely to have the stamina to function effectively sexually.

And the nocturnal erections provide a penile "workout" which helps strengthen the penis as well. Indeed, lack of nocturnal erections is often a sign of erectile dysfunction. The dysfunction may be due to sleep obstructive issues, such as sleep apnea, or it may be due to other factors. But men should report a lack of nocturnal erections to their physician so that any relation to erectile or other penis health issues can be explored.

Getting a good night’s sleep is not by itself enough to ensure proper penis health. Exercise, diet and the use of a first class penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can also help. When determining which crème to use, opt for one that includes L-arginine and vitamin C among its ingredients. L-arginine is an amino acid that helps in the production of nitric oxide, which in turn helps keep penile blood vessels open and flowing. Vitamin C, in addition to helping fight colds, is a key component of collagen, which helps give penis skin its tone and elasticity, making it valuable for the erectile process.