Priaprism while sleeping?

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  1. wadislaw

    wadislaw Active Member

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    A little background. . .

    1.) There are "regular" erections (the ones you get without being stimulated in any way), there are "turned-on" erections (the ones where you are stimulated -- those are a bit bigger), and then there are those that I like to call "raging" erections -- the ones where it feels like you might not have enough skin to contain it.

    2) Almost every man will get somewhere between five and eight erections while he sleeps -- most often during REM -- and a lot of it has to just do with the body's normal diagnostics.

    Last night, I happened to get some. . . yeay. I never quite got back to flaccid, though, and fell asleep about 3/4 hard. At about midnight, I woke up with the worst raging hard-on I've had in quite a while. I seriously debated waking her up for more, but felt selfish for thinking that and went back to sleep. At 3:30, I woke up again -- with just as bad a raging hard-on as before. I got up and walked around, and it went down some, but not all the way. I was a bit relieved, and went back to sleep. I woke up for good (a.k.a. to go to work) at 5:15, and there was the raging erection again. I had to relieve the tension in the shower before I felt soft enough to put underwear on, and safe enough to go to work without getting stared at.

    My question is, what if the normal erection that occurs during REM doesn't go down? They say that anything over a four-hour erection is bad and may result in something awful, but people usually sleep for six or more hours a night. What happens if a guy wakes up and it's already too late? Too bad for him?

    Has anyone else ever experienced this?

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  2. BrazilianDude

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    If you say that it only happens during REM stage then probably it won´t stay hard during the entire night. The simple explanation is that REM is only a stage of sleeping. There are others and if I'm not mistaken REM is the shortest one(it happens more than once in a night). It's the one when the dreams occur and that's why erections are prone to happen. At other stages the body experience an almost complete relaxation, so probably you won´t have a hard on during them. But I have a question for you: how do you know you have a hard on if you are sleeping? About priapism: there are specific causes for it such as spinal lesion, spider bit(black widow in English is the name of the spider, I guess). I assume it doesn't just start from scratch.
     
  3. ericbear

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    I've had periods of semi-sleep, usually when I was sleeping in late, when it seemed my dick was hard and throbbing for hours. In fact, I think the reason I kept delaying really waking up was just to keep the nice hard-on for a while longer, and I was quite content to drift in and out of sleep this way.

    But, I don't think you are likely to come to harm this way. Since you were asleep much of the time, you don't really know what the state of your erection was at all times. As you point out, men normally go through several periods of arousal each night. If you had sex just before sleeping, this may have made these episodes more intense than normal, and the relaxation between arousals may have been incomplete. (I often get extremely horny again about two hours after sex.) I suspect that the reason you woke up at various times was because you had reached a peak of arousal. However, you may well have been more relaxed in between. Once you were awake, with a nice extra-hard cock, and sex still on your mind, it's quite understandable that the erection persisted until you either fell asleep again, or took action.

    I once had a boyfriend who would insist I was rock hard all night while he was trying to sleep, depriving him of his rest. Of course, this wasn't true. I would hold him until he fell asleep, and I was usually at least partially erect when he drifted off. I would then usually move away, go soft, and fall asleep myself. He was a heavy sleeper, and while asleep was oblivious to anything around him. However, he would wake up when I happened to prod him in the backside when I got hard again while I was asleep, as all men do. From his point of view, I was hard when he fell asleep, and hard whenever he woke up during the night, so I must be hard constantly all night. In reality, I was me getting hard for a few minutes now and then that woke him up.

    As I understand it, at least part of the medical concern over extended erections is that although the penis is engorged with blood, very little actually circulates through it, since the ability of the veins to return the blood pumped into the penis is limited during the erection. Hence, the penis fills with blood and becomes erect. This is why surface veins on the penis become engorged looking, and why the penis may look somewhat purplish. This can cause the tissues to become somewaht starved for oxygen and nutrition, leading to eventual damage. But, this doesn't happen instantly after a certain time, and I suspect that the suggestion that erections should not exceed 4 hours or so probably has a lot of margin built into it. (After all, if you do seek medical attention for this condition, it's probably a good two hours to actually see a doctor on average.) During sleep, the body's overall metabolism is also slower. Further, the penis doesn't have to relax much to restore some circulation through it, so even if your erection becomes only moderately relaxed from time to time there may be no danger.
     
  4. FieldRatt9

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    Sometimes I wake up at least 3-5 times at night to find myself erect and harder than usual. It seems like I'm hard all night but I'm sure it's the erection waking me up. If I remember right in HS Biology it was said that normal males experience 5-7 erection per night. I can count 3 or so but probably not aware of the rest.
     
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