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What do dreams about sleeping with your boss mean?

Dreaming about sex is natural and common and may not mean you are sexually attracted to your boss. It might mean you want a promotion.

Last updated on October 22, 2023, and last reviewed by an expert on June 26, 2023.

Sex dreams are natural. If you’re curious about the root cause, some strategies can help.

A sex dream about a boss can take you by surprise, but you’re not alone.

Dreaming about sex with others is common. Your dreams are one of the many ways your brain processes emotional experiences and challenges.

In some cases, a sex dream can have a deeper meaning that’s worth exploring.

What does dreaming about sex mean?

Sex dreams can mean different things depending on the situation.

Sex dreams may allow us to ‘act out’ experiences with someone or explore deep-seated fears and desires. They may be a way for our brains to understand the importance of boundaries or alert us to a sexual or romantic desire.

You may experience sex dreams about your:

Keep in mind that sex dreams aren’t always about sex.

They may alert us to creative desires inside of us, a need to feel vital and joyful, or to qualities we would like to possess. People should check in with themselves to see what feels true about their dream.

Why am I dreaming about sex?

There’s limited research on erotic dreams. But a 2019 online study suggests that your dreams may have a sexual theme 18% of the time. Research from 2022 found that males reported having erotic dreams more often than women.

Your relationship status may have little influence on how often you dream about sex, according to a 2020 study.

Some possible causes include:

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Why am I dreaming about sex with my boss?

There’s no one-size-fits-all explanation.

We tend to dream about people and things in our lives. A one-off sex dream about your boss may be a coincidental experience you don’t need to read much into.

The dream may also alert you to maintaining boundaries in a boss-employee relationship. A sex dream about a boss may also indicate that you want to possess some of the qualities your boss possesses.

Of course, it could also mean that you have romantic or sexual feelings for your boss.

But if that’s not it, it could mean you’re seeking approval from someone in charge. For example, you may want to be approved to work on a specific task, or you want a promotion.

How can I interpret my dreams?

You may find it helpful to record your dreams to try to pick up on themes.

Check-in with yourself and ask what this dream feels like it’s trying to tell you. Journaling about dreams can be a good way to understand their meanings.

If possible, explore the following questions:

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Can I stop dreaming about sex?

Probably not, as dreams are a natural part of life.

Dreams tend to take their own course of action. We may not be able to stop them, but we may be able to calm them by engaging in self-care such as exercise, mindfulness, healthy eating habits, and psychotherapy.

We also recommend practicing proper sleep hygiene, such as sleep meditations before bed and going to bed consistently each evening.

When is it time to seek help?

Dreams are usually nothing to worry about. But if they’re distressing, disturbing, or interfering with your daily life, you may find it helpful to work with a mental health professional specializing in dream work.

If you suspect your dreams may be rooted in a history of trauma, eye movement desensitization, and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy can help.

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Next steps

Sex dreams are natural and common.

A sex dream with your boss can mean many things, and it will be different for everyone. You may find it useful to interpret your dreams by journaling or working with a mental health professional.


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