Techniques to Remember Dreams
To analyze dreams, you must remember them. This may require some effort on your part. But what your dreams can tell you about yourself will be worth the effort. Many thoughts on your mind before bedtime can actually distract you from remembering your dream in the morning.
Before going to bed, keep a clear mind. Then make an intention to remember your dreams by saying out loud “I want to remember a dream.” This nudges your subconscious to oblige.
You can also try to prompt a dream to elicit guidance in a certain area. As you fall asleep, pose a short, specific question, either in writing or out loud. Then interpret the resulting dream in light of what you asked yourself.
Maintain a dream journal. Keep it on your night stand, and put the date at the top of a page each night. If you awaken after dreaming, outline the images. If this writing keeps you from falling back to sleep, mentally recount the dream so it is more easily recalled in the morning.
Awaken slowly. Jumping out of bed can shatter dream memories. Lie quietly, eyes closed, to see what comes back to you. Write whatever you remember.
Keep a pencil and note pad or tape recorder next to your bed so that it will be within reach as soon as you wake up. You want to record your dreams as easily as possible. Make sure you write down as many details as you can remember, without judging the content or worrying if it makes sense. The idea is to get the dream down on paper so you can evaluate it later. Do this as soon as you awaken whether in the middle of the night or the first thing upon rising. Talking about your dreams to friends may also help you to remember certain details.
Tips for Successful Dream Recall
- Have a regular bedtime and wake up time. This aids in dream recollection.
- Avoid alcohol consumption and taking unnecessary medication before going to bed. These things may hinder you from remembering your dreams. Also, some believe that eating fatty foods too close to bedtime can also divert bodily resources away from the brain and hinder dream recollection.
- Upon waking from a dream, lay still in your bed, keep your eyes closed and move as little as possible. Wake up slowly and stay relax. Hold on to the feelings you have and let your mind wander to the images of what you have just dreamed.