Clocks and schedules mean nothing to that annoying penis itch, which can demand a good scratch at any time. Yet for some men, nighttime penis itch is notably bothersome, especially as one is desperately trying to fall asleep. Fortunately, while some itch is inevitable, proper penis care can go a long way to minimizing the need to reach down and scratch.

So what things can a guy do to help keep his tool from itching like mad after the sun goes down and the lights go out?

Pinpoint the cause.

The first thing to do is figure out just why the manhood is itching so much. Sometimes there are obvious reasons.

For example, when a man has just undergone a thorough manscaping and shaved off or closely trimmed his pubic hair, it's not at all unusual to experience a greater need to scratch. That's because the newly shorn skin is much more sensitive to stimuli; in addition, stray cut hairs may be hanging around, causing the itch.

Jock itch is another popular cause of penis itch, as are other forms of fungal infection or dermatological issues. The skin may be dry or flaky, or a rash may have formed.

Sometimes critters are the cause of the problem. Pesky mosquitoes don't care where they bite. Pubic lice invite a scratch-fest.

Night and day

Most of these issues cause itching during the day as well as at night; however, the itching may be more pronounced at night, especially in bed. When the body relaxes from its busy day, a man may become more aware of the need to itch. Also, lying in bed, especially on one's side or stomach, may place pressure on the groin that exacerbates the need to scratch.

But there are other reasons why an itch may be more bothersome at night.

- For men who shower early in the day, when nighttime rolls around, the crotch has accumulated many hours' worth of sweat, dirt and bacteria, all of which encourage a scratching situation.

- What one wears to bed can also have an impact. Guys who sleep naked are exposing their penis skin to sheets, blankets and spreads that may have a higher itchiness factor than plain cotton underwear. By the same token, dudes who opt for gym shorts but no underwear are pitting the penis against a rougher-than-desired fabric, which can stimulate itchiness.

- Lots of men opt to exercise at home at night. Working up a sweat is a good thing, but doing so before bed can increase the likelihood of an itchy penis.

- Finally, those who enjoy masturbating before dropping off to sleep may not be as judicious about wiping away the semen as they could be. The dried ejaculate may contribute to the itch factor.

There are some easy steps to take to help decrease nighttime scratching. Wearing appropriate sleepwear is crucial. So is making sure the equipment is properly washed (with a gentle soap or cleanser), especially if one has been exercising or masturbating. Men may want to consider moving their shower time to the evening, if for no other reason than to eliminate some of the grime they have accumulated during the day.

It's also essential for a man to regularly apply a top-quality penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) to help fight penis itch and stop nighttime scratching. So often, dry or flaky skin is the culprit that causes that insufferable itch, so eliminating the dryness simply makes sense. And to do that, a crème with the high-end emollient Shea butter is one of the best possible options out there. With the skin properly hydrated, itchiness is far less likely. A crème with a potent antioxidant like alpha lipoic acid is also required. Antioxidants help to relieve oxidative stress, which has been shown to induce and worsen itching, so keeping harmful oxidation on the penis at bay can help to keep the itching away. Used properly, a top-notch penis health crème can be a frontline defense against nighttime penis itch.