Alcohol impairs your ability to get an erection the same way it impairs your ability to drive and walk. It dulls the nerves that transmit sensation between your penis and brain. If you’re looking to perform later in the evening, tell the bartender to cur you off after three drinks.
Men show more interest in sex as their blood alcohol levels rise after two or three drinks, says Jeanette Norris, PhD, a researcher at the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. But when the drink count rises to four or five, most men actually become less randy. If you’re drinking heavily, you’re also less likely to be mentally present during sex and being inattentive to your partner can sabotage a promising encounter faster than your mother walking in on you would.
Do you light up regularly? Smoking constricts the blood vessels and can interfere with your love life – and we’re not just referring to the bad breath you’ll get. A surprisingly large number of impotent men are smokers, but their condition often improves once they quit the cigarettes.
Switch Off The TV
According to a study reported in the Singapore Medical Journal, 51.3 per cent of Singaporean men have some degree of erectile dysfunction (ED). “The ability to achieve and maintain an erection is a complex physiological process,” says Elizabeth Selvin, PhD, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Yet, even though a mere 5 per cent of men under 40 can’t produce wood on demand, you obviously fear what lies – or flops – ahead. And rightly so. To ensure that you’re up for whatever she’s offering, turn off the tube. Men who watch more than 20 hours of TV a week are 30 per cent more likely to experience ED, according to a study done by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Healthy men achieve three to five arousals a night, which are sparked by sexy dreams. These happen during REM sleep. Morning wood results from waking up during the final REM cycle. Your erections should resume with healthy lifestyle changes that lead to better sleep – such as exercising at least three times a week and limiting alcohol to two drinks or less a night.