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Eva Mendes: My dreams are intense

Eva Mendes searches for answers to her problems while she sleeps.

The American actress has achieved a great deal in her life, starring in films such as The Place Beyond the Pines and Hitch and also running home decor line, Vida.

Eva finds it hard to switch off at night and searches for answers to her problems by consulting her subconscious.

"My dreams are often very intense, especially if I'm facing a tough challenge in my life and I don't know how to deal with it," she admitted to German Zeit Online.

"In that type of situation, I will ask myself questions before I go to bed. I plant this question really deep into my consciousness and very often I will wake up with the answer. Or at least with the memory of a dream that holds the solution I'm looking for."

Eva often finds herself waking up without remembering her dreams, but insists they come back to her throughout the day.

Sometimes she will have to ask the same question again and the answer isn't always the easiest to interpret.

"Of course they're never simple solutions, I don't get a 'yes' or a 'no'," she explained.

"But they help to get clarity about my feelings and to better understand my desires, fears and needs. I am a firm believer that we can find all the most important answers within ourselves. My dreams allow me to do this."

Although the star is very open about her problem-solving method, she doesn't often tell people details about her dreams.

Eva would rather keep them for herself to ensure they stay meaningful.

"They are very personal; in a way, they are a broadening of my consciousness," she revealed.

"I am a person that prefers to hold back. My dreams are like a secret treasure for me. In general, I believe that too much interpretation destroys dreams. I have experienced it a few times that they lose meaning when I share too many details with someone. If I put my dreams into words, they can lose their power. Instead, I act on them intuitively, rather than analysing them too much."

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