Sex Dreams And What They Really Mean – Ever wake up in the morning wondering how things got so steamy while you were asleep? “Just because you’re not awake doesn’t mean your libido is taking a rest,” says Susan Block, Ph.D., a Los Angeles-based sexologist and founder of the Dr. Susan Block Institute for the Erotic Arts and Sciences.
Dreams help your subconscious unpack everything that’s affecting your life, Block says, and not all sex fantasies are literal. “Instead, they could symbolize problems, desires, and hopes in all facets of your life.”
Here’s what you can learn from seven common sex dreams.
1. Having Sex With an Acquaintance
This doesn’t mean you have any desire to cheat on your wife with the cute neighbor next door or the barista who makes your coffee every morning.
It just means you may admire that person and wish you possessed some of their qualities, says Lauri Loewenberg, author of Dream On It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life.
“Sex is the ultimate act of union between two individuals,” she says, “so when you’re having sex with someone in your dreams, it may mean that you want what they have.”