Brian Johnsonthe American businessman known for having decided to challenge himself over the years, has once again made the news for something to do with his penis. It was already last August, when she acknowledged on her X account (formerly Twitter) that she was undergoing penile rejuvenation therapy. Now, a few months after that, she says that everything went well and that her nocturnal erections They are better than what I experienced at 18 years old. He has measured it thanks to an application and is very happy with the results.
In fact, that is its goal in every sense. Although it already has 46 years compliments, he plans to invest a good part of his fortune in expensive treatments that allow you to have the health and performance of little more than a teenager. “Being 18 again.”
In the case of nocturnal erections, he points out that they are a good indicator of health. But not only reproductive health, but also “cardiovascular, physiological and sexual” health. Now, to what extent is this true?
What causes nocturnal erections?
Before talking about the health implications, it is important to be clear about what nocturnal erections are, since they do not occur for exactly the same reason as the rest. All you have to do is see that, in reality, They are not associated with any sexual experience or fantasy.
Erections, whether of sexual origin or not, are generated when a signal from the nervous system triggers the sending of an high blood supply to the penis, in addition to the closure of the ducts that would produce their exit from it. Very roughly, causes blood to travel to the penis and stay there for a long time. This blood accumulates in cavities known as cavernous bodieshelping the penis to remain rigid and with a larger volume.
This message from the nervous system normally comes from the sexual excitement. But it can also originate unconsciously, as a reflex act.
Furthermore, during the REM phase of sleep What are known as nocturnal erections occur. This is a phase of deep sleepin which, although the brain is very active, the regions associated with the famous response of fight or flight, which drives us to face danger. This means that the body relaxes and even the motor neurons become inactive, so that we cannot move. In principle, that doesn’t matter, since we are asleep, but if a person wakes up, what is known as sleep paralysis occurs.
All of this that occurs in the REM phase is due to the inactivation of a section of the nervous system, known as sympathetic nervous system, while another, the parasympathetic, is stimulated. The signs of this parasympathetic nervous system They can also trigger an unconscious erection. This is why nocturnal erections occur.
Are they really an indicator of health?
The sleep cycle is made up of a REM phase and several non-REM phases. However, throughout one night there are several complete cycles. About four or five. This indicates that there will be five REM phases, with up to five nocturnal erections (they do not always occur). These can have a variable duration, although in the best cases they seem to reach 20-30 minutes. That means more than an hour of sleep could pass with an erection.
As for morning erections, it’s exactly the same thing. What happens is that many times the awakening occurs right at the get out of REM sleep. Of course, it is also believed that there could be other causes, such as higher levels of testosterone during the morning. This hormone plays a very important role in sending erection signals, so it would make sense. And it is also possible that the bladder full of urine Stimulate the nerves that cause the penis to become erect.
In any case, for this to happen, however unconscious it may be, it is true that blood flow must be adequate. A cardiovascular system in poor health it may not push blood to the penis so that it swells.
There are also metabolic conditions, such as diabetes, that have certain erection problems among their symptoms. Therefore, it is true that good health can be reflected in good nocturnal erections. Now, does that mean that people with penises should be obsessed with maintaining the erection times they had at age 18? Logically not. This is just one of the many indicators that tell us what state our health is in. Forcing these indicators is not the solution. And much less through therapy shock waves employed by Johnson. A therapy that, according to experts, is not worth going through the possible side effects to achieve a goal like this millionaire’s.