Dreams in general
Like you, I have experienced many dreams and nightmares, and I do wonder whether those dreams are meant to be interpreted literally or figuratively. Most of the time, our dreams reflect our subconscious feelings and thoughts. Usually, these dreams are indicative of our irrational fears, past experiences, and worries experienced in our waking life.
An example of a nightmare
There are several causes of nightmares. The organic causes are usually due to stopping a medicine abruptly, adverse reactions of a medicine or drug, as well as a disrupted circadian rhythm from lack of sleep or an irregular sleep schedule.
Psychological causes of nightmares include having experienced a major traumatic ordeal such as the demise of a loved one, or severe and intense anxiety and stress.
Other possibilities include medical reasons such as sleep disorders like narcolepsy or sleep apnea, alcohol-induced reasons as well as consumption of food before bedtime.
Dreaming that you are naked
In general, dreaming that you naked does not mean that you were formerly naked in front of your co-workers, or your best friends nor a group of strangers in real life. Many sources have pointed out that you probably have some dark secrets or skeletons in your closet which you wish to conceal. Most dreams are interpreted metaphorically. Clothes are meant for privacy and protection and having to remove layers of them indicates that you are being exposed, whether emotionally or in some other ways.
Breaking down various scenarios
When trying to interpret a dream, you have to take into account the setting, your mood and the reaction of people around you.
Naked at work
If you dreamt that you were naked at work, it could signify that you are suffering from imposter syndrome, or worried about being unable to adjust and fit into your work environment. Perhaps you feel that you may not be competent enough to perform well at your workplace.
Naked but happy and confident
If you are naked in your dream but you were not bothered or flustered at all, it means that you do not care about what others think about you.
Naked but alone
You might be overly worried about certain things in your life, and placing too much emphasis on them. Perhaps, you may be too concerned about how others look at you.
Naked at a celebration or an occasion
If your dream involves you being naked at a wedding or your birthday party, this could indicate that you are afraid of destroying your reputation in front of others or being afraid to mess up.
On the other hand, if the event was hosted by another person, and you turn up naked, you might be experiencing a case of jealousy or envy. You may be scared to talk about your opinions and thoughts freely.
Naked with your crush/lover/family member/friend
Dreaming that you were naked with your favorite person or a loved one in your life? Rejoice! This is a positive dream signifying that you are building strong bonds and fostering intimacy with the other person.
Seeing strangers naked
Dreaming that you were in a public place with strangers naked in front of you, but you were fully clothed, shows that you have secrets about yourself you prefer not to disclose, and you are not ready to open up to others fully.
Dreaming that you were naked can be a very scary experience. The dream can feel very surreal and vivid. I have dreamt about myself being naked in front of other people, and I often wake up in cold sweat after having such dreams. If you have recurring dreams about yourself being naked, you should consult a doctor to rule out any physical causes. If these weird and lewd dreams affect you in your daily life, perhaps, it is time to see a therapist.