How To Recall Forgotten Dreams.Dream Recall Techniques

How To Recall Forgotten Dreams.Dream Recall Techniques

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Do you sometimes have a dream and as soon as you wake up you forget about it ? In fact, if you have a dream but don’t wake up during the dream, you won’t be able to remember it. The dreams you remember are the ones that are ongoing when you awaken. Two ways to help recall your dreams is to tell yourself as you’re falling asleep that you want to remember your dream

7 Reasons Why You Don’T Remember Your Dreams.

If you struggle to remember your dreams, any of the following reasons could be contributing to your difficulty with dream recall:

  1. Stress: Consider one of sleep’s worst enemies; stress has been found in research to not only disrupt and reduce REM sleep but also increase the number of awakenings during the night. Both of these things can make it harder to remember your dreams.
  2. Your diet: That’s right, your diet isn’t only affecting your body while you’re awake. Research shows a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, fiber, and limited vegetable oils is conducive to a good night’s sleep. (Here are 10 more foods to eat to support a good night’s sleep!)
  3. Substances: Bad news for anyone who enjoys a glass of wine before bed—it’s likely messing with your sleep. Research shows alcohol before bed, as well as marijuana, negatively affect REM sleep and dream recall.
  4. Certain medications: According to sleep expert and NYU professor Girardin Jean-Louis Ph.D., “Certain medications could affect REM cycles—or induce nightmares.”
  5. Sleep disorders: Everything from insomnia to sleep apnea to narcolepsy can negatively affect a person’s REM cycles.
  6. You’re waking up too fast: According to psychologist and dream expert Rubin Naiman, Ph.D., your painfully early alarm clock might be making you forget your dreams. “Grogginess is an exquisite hybrid state of consciousness,” he previously tells mbg, so that period where you’re just easing out of sleep seems important for dream recall.
  7. You’re not paying attention: Lastly, in a previous interview, author and lucid dreaming expert Robert Waggoner mentioned that some people are simply more interested in dreaming and dissecting the dream world than others.


How To Remember Your Dreams Tonight

According to experts, these are must-do crucial strategies you’ll need to practice in order to set yourself up to remember your dreams:

  • Do your best to set a steady sleep schedule. …
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs before bed. …
  • In the morning, don’t jump out of bed. …
  • Tell your partner about it. …
  • Write it all down.
  • Make it a habit each morning to remember your dreams.
  • Maintain a dream journal every morning after you wake up.
  • Schedule your sleep for a consistent sleep cycle.
  • Break out of your daily routine to allow new dreams to remember.
  • Ensure you’re comfortable and can achiev
  • E Deep Sleep.

5  Steps To Remember Your Dreams:

1.Set Yourself Up For A Good Night’S Sleep.

  • Before anything else, set yourself up for a good night’s sleep.
  • Get exercise during the day to tire your body and mind, and eat a healthy diet that won’t disrupt your sleep.
  • Skip  wine after dinner.
  • Consider swapping it out for a sleep-promoting supplement or doing something else to unwind and settle in before bed instead.

2.Set The Intention To Remember Your Dream.

  • Remind yourself that not only are dreams important, but they can “provide important insights about personal or professional matters,
  • Make it your goal before bed to tune into your dreamworld.


3.Try lucid dreaming.

  • Lucid dreaming makes dreams easier to remember
  • Simply becoming aware you’re dreaming will help you bridge the dream back into reality.
  • Prompting yourself by saying before bed, “Tonight in my dreams, I’ll be more critically aware, and when I see something strange, I’ll realize I’m dreaming.”

4.Wake up slowly.

  • According to Naiman, Jean-Louis, and even Harvard research, when it comes to dream recall, how we wake up might actually be the most important factor for remembering our dreams.
  • “Linger in your morning grogginess and purposefully stay in that half-awake, half-asleep state for longer,” Naiman recommends.
  • “Most people jump into their day when they wake up, immediately pushing the dreamy mind away.
  • To remember dreams, we simply have to linger.”

5.Write It Down.

  • Once you’ve woken up and bits of your dream do start coming back to you,  writing down what you can remember will go a long way.
  • If you find yourself waking up from a dream and you have a faint sense of the content
  • Our ability to recall dreams can be improved by simply drawing more attention to dreams
  • Another strategy is starting a habit of talking to a loved one in the morning immediately after you wake up about your dreams.

6.Be Patient And Consistent.

  • You’ll want to be patient and consistent if you’re just starting to work at dream recall as it takes some practice before mastering the art of remembering one’s dreams.
  • We spend nearly a third of our lives asleep, and a good portion of that time dreaming—it’s no wonder we’re ever curious about what dreams mean and how to remember them more.
  • So try taking some of these steps; with any luck, your bedside dream journal will be filling up in no time.

Remembering Dreams

“While some may suggest that dreams are a window to the subconscious, other theories posit that dreams are a nonsense result of the activity that takes place while we sleep and restore our brains,” Dr. Sujay Kansagra, Mattress Firm’s sleep health expert “And, if our need to dream is any indication of the brain participating in a restorative process, our inability to remember our dreams may simply be due to the sorting of essential and nonessential information during sleep.”

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