If we could remember our dreams we could gain important insights into our daily lives. If you’ve ever experienced the sensation of waking and knowing just what you dreamed, then feeling it slip from your conscious mind even as you try to grasp it, then you know that trying to remember your dreams is a tricky business.
Get a Decent Night’s Sleep
The first tip to remembering your dreams is to get a good night’s sleep. Waking while still tired takes your focus off your dreams as you stumble through your morning preparations for the day. This means scheduling your life so you can get to bed earlier and wake well rested.
Set Your Intent
The night before you sleep, strongly intend to remember your dreams in detail. Make sure this is set strongly in your conscious mind so that as you sleep, your subconscious acts on the intent and makes your dreams clearer and more detailed.
Make a Dream Journal
Get yourself a nice notebook or journal. It can be a simple as a spiral-bound notebook, or as fancy as something you can only find at a specialty store. The pages should be blank without pictures or sayings or any distractions. It should be of a size that can be tucked in your purse, briefcase, or bag to be taken with you throughout the day.
At night, whenever you wake, spend a moment recording whatever you remember of your dreams. Make sure you bring the thought from your subconscious mind to your conscious mind immediately upon waking so it doesn’t slip away. Don’t do anything else, just think about the dream and record it. Even a stray thought will chase the dream from your mind.
Make sure your alarm clock is set on “buzz” so there are no real distractions and keep it close enough to your bed that you can reach over and slap it without conscious thought. Then record everything you remember from your dreams immediately.
Throughout the day you may encounter something that suddenly triggers a memory of a dream. Quickly cement it in your conscious mind and write it down.
As you are journaling your dreams, remember to write down anything you remember from the smallest detail to the most elaborate dream. Perhaps you only remember a setting, maybe or a person. That’s okay, write it down, whatever it is. Later in the day more of it may come to you or you may dream of it again another night.
Direct your Dreams
If there is a particular problem area in your life that you believe can be helped through dreaming but isn’t emotionally disabling enough to keep you awake all night, focus on the situation before you fall asleep and resolve to dream about it. You can follow the exercises above to remember the related dreams. You may see and feel things that you hadn’t been aware of before, things that can help you resolve the problem and reduce stress in your life.
Resolve to Wake at Intervals
Sleep research shows that we dream at approximately 90 minute intervals. If you’re completely dedicated to remembering your dreams, it may help to set your alarm to wake you 90 minutes from when you fall asleep, and every 90 minutes thereafter. If it doesn’t work for you or if you’re too sleepy during the day, this practice is probably not a good idea for you.
Remembering dreams can help you not only with your daily life, but they can also be prophetic, and help you to prepare for what may come.