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Men are more likely to have sex dreams about colleagues, teachers and attractive strangers - but both genders confess to dreaming about their partners and celebrities

Whether or not you’re the kind of person who takes messages from their subconscious particularly seriously, waking up after having a sexual dream about someone you’re not romantically involved with can be somewhat disconcerting.

But YouGov Omnibus research reveals it’s not an uncommon experience. A new survey produced in collaboration with Yahoo for the podcast “Britain is a Nation of…” reveals that a considerable proportion of Brits have had sexual dreams about celebrities, colleagues, attractive strangers, former teachers… you name it.

Do men have more sex dreams... or are they just more likely to confess them?

Men are almost twice as likely as women to have had a sexual dream about a colleague (30%, compared to 17% of women), a friend (46%, compared to 25% of women), an attractive stranger (30%, compared to 14% of women) or a teacher (10%, compared to 6% of women).

That said, women are somewhat more likely to respond with ‘don’t know’ (22% of women vs 17% of men) or ‘prefer not to say’ (23% of women vs 18% of men) - meaning we can’t be certain that they are in fact having less such dreams - only that they are less inclined to share them.

Men and women equally likely to dream about partners, exes, and celebrities

One in five Brits (23%) have had a sex dream about a celebrity, with no significant difference between men and women (22% of women versus 24% of men).

One in three have had a sex dream about their current romantic partner (30%) or an ex (28%).

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