Sex dreams, probably one of the greatest, most glorious surprises you can have in the night time. They often run the gamut from sexy, to funny, to bizarre, and, as the Kinsey Institute reports, they can end in orgasm (37 percent of women over 45 have reported reaching orgasm through a sex dream).
Want your share of sexy dreams? The good news is that you can increase your odds of having a sex dream by sleeping in a certain position. The study, which was published in September in the journal Dreaming, found that people who sleep on their stomachs with their arms above their heads are more likely to have sex dreams than people who do not. They are also more likely to have erotic sex dreams that include activities like bondage or hooking up with a sexy celebrity.
Researchers theorize that sleeping prone might allow for more genital stimulation and that sleeping with your arms above your head mimic the feelings of bondage or intense sex. There are a few other things you can do to try to increase your likelihood of getting it on in dream world. Here are some waking acts that might help your sleeping self:
- Sleep in something sexy. Baggy sweats or flannels might be great for lounging around the house but they certainly don't inspire sexy thoughts or deeds. Try wearing a sexy, lightweight nightie, or going naked. If you have a partner, sleeping with nothing between you but the sheets can inspire a sense of freedom and sensuality.
- Have a seductive nighttime routine. Instead of thinking about what you need to do the next day or talking to your partner about errands or the kids' schedule, have time where you can connect via flirting or kissing, cuddling (if you're single, think about those, connect to your own sexuality). Being present and connected to your partner will not only improve your relationship, it will also inspire deeper sleep and maybe even erotic dreams. And of course, again, if you're single, connecting to your own deep thoughts and desires can only help you feel sexy as you nod off.
- Keep the kids out of the bedroom. It is hard to have sexy dreams if you and your partner are crowded out of the bed by your children. Cuddling with your kids is important, but it’s also important for them to develop healthy sleep habits and for you and your partner to have “adult” time and space where you can connect as lovers and not just parents. You'll get more rest and you and your partner can really redevelop your intimacy.
- Switch off the television and the laptop. Do this at least one hour before bed. Recent research from the National Sleep Foundation's annual Sleep in America poll shows that two-thirds of people aged 30 to 64 watch television right before bed, while younger people were more likely to spend time on their smartphones or laptops. It should come as no surprise that the survey found that 63 percent of Americans are not getting enough sleep. Researchers believe that this is due to the light emitted from these devices messing with our sleep cycles. Shut down your electrics and engage in some extra cuddle time with your partner or spend some sexy time alone.