Note: *** Potential Triggers in the Article ***
It may seem to you that, much like their barnyard animal namesake, men’s reproductive organs the world over participate in a mindless synchrony of stiffened salutes to the rising sun. In fact, however, such "morning wood" is an autonomic leftover from a series of nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT) episodes that occur like clockwork during the night for all healthy human males—most frequently in the dream-filled rapid eye movement (REM) periods of sleep from which we’re so often rudely awakened in the A.M. by buzzers, mothers, or others.
I didn't know I had a barnyard namesake. I guess this means that I have been called an "ass" by several various assorted people.
For those with penises, you may be surprised to learn how frequently your member stands up while the rest of your body is rendered catatonic by the muscular paralysis that keeps you from acting out your dreams. (And thank goodness for that.
OK - I learned this in introductory psychology in college. In fact we were shown some brief clips from a sleep study. It was amazing how many times the subjects of the study turned and tossed during the night. In fact it could explain why I sometimes awoke in a bed where the sheets and blankets had been tangled and tossed.
Unfortunately the author of my college psychology text, D.O.Hebb, who also made the clips, became involved in using prisoners and psychiatric patients in drug experiments and experiments using unwarranted and excessive electro-shock.
But how it might apply to me is: A few years ago I had to have a sleep study done. I had symptoms of sleep apnea. I know I had bad dreams since childhood. I was leary of the sleep study, which would also send my image to a nearby observation room. The study reported on here made me a bit self conscious because I wondered how revealing the pictures would be. I asked the tech the next morning and he said there was nothing unusual. I guess I was afraid that I might rip the wires off and do something weird like demand a chunk of bacon.
Carlos Schenck and his colleagues from the University of Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center describe the case of a 19-year-old with sleep-related dissociative disorder
I haven't seen this article, but it sounds interesting. I do have some objections to what are listed as their conclusions.
the case of a 19-year-old with sleep-related dissociative disorder crawling around his house on all fours, growling, and chewing on a piece of bacon—he was ‘dreaming’ of being a jungle cat and pouncing on a slab of raw meat held by a female zookeeper.)
This bothers me a little because I wonder whether it was reported in a scientific manner or not.
If it was reported by a parent, it may well have been distorted, especially in the matter of chewing on bacon like an animal. It would make me wonder if the parent had been the one who had abused the boy and was fashioning a report which would get him "off the hook".
The problem is that guys who have been sexually abused as very young children will most likely have a dissociative disorder. Usually it would be identified as DID (dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder). In this case they could shift to a child personality (called an alter) who would be the one who experienced the sexual abuse. So yes, that alter would be highly sexualized. Yes, an erection might be expected. But why would he have any reason to crawl around chewing on bacon? Only if that's how he had been treated as a child. And I guess it's not out of the question. Some children are treated as animals and I suppose if they were hungry they might look for some bacon.
Look, the idea is, they didn't know what he was dreaming about. How could they? The idea that he was dreaming he was a jungle beast seems unjustified.
Worth reading to understand the rhythms of our bodies that we don't always control.