NUDE NIGHT­MARES

Women's Health (Malaysia) - - DISCUSS - Sources: Ru­bin Naiman, PHD, sleep and dream spe­cial­ist, Univer­sity of Ari­zona Cen­tre for In­te­gra­tive Medicine in Tuc­son; Deirdre Bar­rett, PHD, psy­chol­o­gist, Har­vard Med­i­cal School, and author of The Com­mit­tee of Sleep

The Sit­u­a­tion: I keep hav­ing naked-in-pub­lic dreams: giv­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion at work, at my high school re­union, and, weirdly, run­ning into my land­lord. (What’s

he do­ing there?) The Ther­a­pist Says: Naked dreams can be a sign of em­bar­rass­ment or vul­ner­a­bil­ity, since we tend to as­so­ciate nu­dity with ex­po­sure. Some dreams, like your land­lord’s cameo, might just be ran­dom, but re­cur­ring ones can alert you to in­se­cu­ri­ties you might not have re­alised you had, so use them to tackle those feel­ings IRL. You could be ner­vous about an an­nual re­view com­ing up, or that your former peers at the re­union will see you as a fail­ure. Jot down the de­tails when you wake up; log­ging them will help you tease out the rea­sons be­hind the dreams. If they cause you stress or sleep loss, con­sult a ther­a­pist.

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