If you’ve ever woken up in a cold sweat, panicking because you had a nightmare about work — like being fired, or showing up to at your desk naked, or forgetting about a big project — you’re definitely not alone. According to a new study from SleepZoo, 64 percent of American adults have work-related nightmares, which makes sense given how much time we all spend thinking (and stressing) about our jobs… but the most common nightmare about work probably isn’t what you’d expect.
Of the nearly 2,000 people surveyed, 60 percent said they’d had dreams about having sex with a co-worker, which, needless to say, can be a pretty uncomfortable experience. The good news? Dreaming about hooking up with a co-workerdoesn’t necessarily mean you *actually* want to do the deed with them.
“Sex dreams are almost never about sex,” Caleb Backe, Health and Wellness Expert at Maple Holistics, tells Bustle. “They are more often about wanting to make a new connection between two parts of oneself that are coming together, or that ought to. Your co-worker or boss represents a part of you, and you obviously represent a part of you. Sex is the physical merging of two bodies, and a dream is a mental projection of that desire — to integrate a certain part of you into your daily life.”