Dreams are an escape from reality. Even when they leave us wondering about the meaning behind our nightmares, they're an unpredictable alternative world where anything can happen, making you feel everything from happiness, anger, surprise or even confused. But one type of dream that often leaves a lasting impression (whether we like it or not) is a sex dream.
We've all been there; be it fantasising about an unexpected colleague, getting steamy with the cashier at your local supermarket or reliving intimacy with an ex. However, there's one specific sex dream that all of us have the most, according to new research.
A recent survey by dating website illicitencounters.com (opens in new tab) has revealed that the most common thing for women to dream about is sex with someone close to them, usually a friend.
Yep, apparently most of us have had sex dreams about at least one of our close friends, even if it's someone that may have come as a surprise to you.
The conclusion was met after the survey questioned 1,000 women and 1,000 men, with under three quarters of women who participated saying they had dreamt about a friend, while 68% thought about having sex with a work colleague.
As well as this, 62% of women admitted that they had thoughts about sex with a stranger, while just 58% actually had dreams about their current partner.
The survey also brought to light that over half of the women (57%) had dreamt about their partner cheating on them. However, before you take that as a negative, it's important to remember that a dream doesn't necessarily come with a deeper meaning. It doesn't always bring life to your subconscious thoughts and feelings, sometimes, it's just as random and surface-levelled as it seems. So no, having a sex dream about Dave from IT doesn't mean you're in love with him, or even want it to become a reality.
Sagal is a journalist, specialising in lifestyle, pop culture, fashion and beauty. She has written for a number of publications including Vogue, Glamour, Stylist, Evening Standard, Bustle, You Magazine, Dazed and Wonderland to name a few.
What does Davide on Love Island do? The hunky Italian's got a pretty interesting career
Wondering about Davide's hometown and job? We've got the answers to all your burning questions
By Naomi Jamieson • Published
What song will save you from Vecna? Find out with Spotify's new 'Upside Down' playlist
What's your 'Running Up That Hill'? The 'Stranger Things' Vecna Spotify playlist will help you find your 'savior song'
By Christina Izzo • Published