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Please select a newsletter We respect your privacy. There you are — under the covers, disrobed, fooling around with some sexy mystery hunk. On the contrary, research shows that most Americans dream about sex often: About 8 percent of nighttime reveries involve some sort of sexual activity , according to a University of Montreal study, with women getting it on in dreamland just as frequently as men.
But just why do we have sex dreams? And what does it mean when the other person involved is your boss, your best friend, a young Ringo Starr — or even all three at the same time? Psychologist Gillian Holloway, PhD, agrees: Workplace romps may be the most universal sex dream, according to Wallace. You can chalk this up to your pal having a quality that you admire or see in yourself.
He probably has some talent his karaoke skills? After bosses, celebrities are the most common headliners in our sex dreams, says Wallace.
And interestingly enough, the University of Montreal study found that women were twice as likely as men to have nighttime fantasies about sleeping with a famous person. Even though a romp in the hay with Jennifer Aniston or Denzel Washington may sound like a dream come true, your psyche is simply recognizing a talent you have in common with the star. Why must our minds torture us so? Consider this type of sex dream a red flag. Your partner having an affair with someone else.
This sex nightmare probably has a lot more to with you than him. Who is this mysterious intruder? If your dad, sister, or great uncle has some trait that you admire or recognize in yourself, watch out: You may just end up in bed with them … in your dreams, of course.
Consider your sex dream the wakeup call you needed to get to know yourself better.