The Male Hormone Cycle
Even though men have a daily hormone cycle pattern that repeats the same way every day, their testosterone level can be greatly affected by a variety of activities and experiences.
For example, research shows that a man’s testosterone spikes when he drinks alcohol or caffeine, watches an action movie, looks at a person he finds sexually attractive (either in real life or simply an image), plays video games or competes in or anticipates a sports game or game of chess. His testosterone also rises when he simply watches his favorite team compete.
When a man experiences a spike in his testosterone, this can make him more impulsive and increase his desire to take risks. It’s no wonder that advertisements geared toward men (for example, for “muscle” cars) and casinos use physically attractive models and employees when marketing to males. Research shows that a sudden rise in testosterone makes men likely to spend more money and take other financial risks.
A sharp rise in testosterone can also make men more aggressive, which may be one reason why some men who watch their favorite sports team win a major tournament then go on to celebrate by rioting in the streets and turning over cars. Sure, beer likely helps fuel that behavior, but high testosterone plays a role, too.
Testosterone can plunge suddenly, too. For example, research shows that when a man watches his favorite sports team lose a game, his testosterone dips sharply (this doesn’t occur in women when they watch their team lose). This decline in testosterone can then make him blue, cranky or lethargic.
As you can see, it’s worth keeping in mind that a man’s daily hormone cycle can play a key role in his moods, energy and libido, but there are other factors that can influence him, too.