Are you suffering from, or frequently enjoying, dreams involving sex?
The National Sleep foundation claims that humans dream four to six times per night.
The ones you remember are usually happening during REM sleep – the rapid eye movement stage.
While sleep is well known to regulate metabolism, blood pressure, brain function and encourage cell regeneration – what is the point of dreams?
Well, Jennifer D Butler, M.D, a sleep medicine physician and pulmonologist at Piedmont, said: “ The scientific community is split on the function of dreams and if they mean anything.”
One of the theories which does believe that dreams have meaning says that it is a way to organise knowledge and memories.
Dr Jennifer said: “Research published in 1985 suggests the purpose of dreams is to organise knowledge and to form brain connections, which helps with memory recall.
“This theory suggests dreaming is an opportunity for the brain to problem-solve, make decisions and prioritise.”
So, if your brain is prioritising sex… what does this say about you?
Steve Richards, a depth psychologist, has been looking at people’s subconscious for four decades.
He told the Metro that dreams offer “alternative” perspectives on the way we see people, relationships, ourselves and situations we’ve come across in real life.
Sex dreams are just one way of exploring sexuality in a safe space.
He added that sex dreams can be caused by the satisfaction, or lack of, that we are experiencing in our real life sex life.
If you’re having a lot of sex, then you may dream about sex, and ditto if you’re missing sex in a dry spell.
So, what about if you dream about having sex with your neighbour? Your ex? Or, your boss?
Steve said: “Sexuality is a normal part of our lives, and is driven by instinctive pressures from deep within our genetic inheritance.
“As such, sex dreams have little to do with our conscious sexuality, preferences or morals.
“They simply express that instinctual pressure.”
Basically, our innate drive.
But, they don’t always represent what we want – so if you’re dreaming about a same-sex partner when you’re straight, and vice-versa, it’s not always revealing anything about your sexuality.
Essentially, your brain is testing out situations which could technically happen in real life.
Some theories suggest that there is an evolutionary advantage to this.
After all, if your brain has practiced a situation you may be more capable of dealing with it in real life.
Historically, this may generally have consisted of threats to safety – but in 2020, our brains are stimulated left, right and centre.
Some studies also suggest that what we read or watch in the evening influences our dreams.
So, lay off the 50 Shades of Grey if you’re tired of waking up in a sweat…