Updated: May 13
Have you ever experienced the feeling of wanting to remember something, only to realize that it has already slipped your mind? Many people feel that way about dreams, and it can be very frustrating.
After studying how to remember dreams for a while, I learned that there are several steps you can follow to help you remember your dreams. The 7 steps below are perfect for anyone interested in remembering dreams and enhancing their lives through dreaming. However, let's first examine why some people aren't able to remember their dreams.
Why can't I remember dreams?
The truth of the matter is that everyone dreams, but not everyone remembers them. The reason why some people don't remember dreams is that they don't pay attention to them. Dreams can fade away quickly if you don't try to remember them when you wake up.
Particularly, how much we remember our dreams is influenced by how much time we spend in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, how quickly we wake up after REM sleep, how attentive we are to our dreams, how frequently we dream, and how much time we spend in deep sleep.
Now that you have a better understanding of why some people can't remember dreams, let's look at how to make the most of our dream-time and how to remember your dreams.
7 Steps to Remember Your Dreams
1. Get the Right Amount of Sleep
Make sure that you are getting enough sleep each night (at least 7 hours). I know that it's easier said than done, but this one is really important. The right amount of sleep will help ensure that you are entering REM sleep more frequently and will make it easier to remember your dreams.
2. Start a Dream Journal
Keeping a dream journal is one of the best ways to remember your dreams. Pick out a notebook or journal just for this purpose and write down whatever you can remember as soon as you wake up. Even if all you can remember is a few fragments, write them down anyway - sometimes writing down even the tiniest details can help you recall more of your dream. If you are having difficulties writing down in the morning, try recording your dreams or check out speech to text function.
3. Set an Intention Before Going to Sleep
Before you go to sleep, take a few minutes to set an intention for how you want your night of sleep to be. This could mean asking yourself how you want to feel when you awaken, how you want your dreams to be like, or how many dreams you would like to remember. This one seems trivial, but it's really important!
4. Consider Taking Supplements
Consider trying dream-enhancing supplements such as B vitamins, magnesium, or herbs like ashwagandha and valerian. These supplements can help with dream clarity and intensity, as well as memory recall.
5. Talk About Your Dreams
Talking about dreams with friends, family or even a therapist can help you to remember them better. By discussing your dreams, you are actively engaging with them and this can help to solidify them in your mind.
And if you are looking for cool things to share with your family and friends, check out this 10 Amazing Facts About Dreaming article.
6. Try Dreamwork
Dreamwork is an amazing way to actively engage with your dreams and boost memory recall. It involves working with the symbols and themes in your dream to gain a deeper understanding of how it affects your life. You can try doing dreamwork with a dreamworker or in a dream circle.
7. Take Action
Taking action in your waking life based on what you learn from your dreams is the best way to honor them and invite more of them into your life. By taking action on the messages in your dreams, you can open up more channels for communication.
Dreams are powerful messengers that can help us to understand ourselves and how the universe works. By following these 7 steps, you will be better equipped to remember your dreams and make the most of this valuable source of wisdom.
So, what are you waiting for? Start taking dreaming to the next level and make your dreams a priority. With patience, practice, and dedication you'll be able to unlock the treasures of dream-time!