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5 Tips for Remembering Your Dreams

Whether you remember them or not, everyone dreams. And for those that don’t recall their own dreams, it’s a shame. Your dreams are a reflection of your subconscious, a foggy mirror that shows an image of your inner-thoughts, the stuff that makes you tick. Turns out though, everyone can recall their dreams with a little bit of practice and diligence. And once you’ve got the routine down, you can start remembering multiple dreams a night. And here for you today are 5 tips to help you achieve this goal of multiple dream remembering , because after all, at the end of the day, all we have is our dreams:

Record Your Dreams
It might be obvious, but first step to remembering more dreams is to record the dreams you are having now. And whether it’s writing them down via dream journal, or using a tape recorder; the importance of this instruction is not the good intentions, but the diligence of doing it right. For proper dream cataloguing make sure to have your recording device near your bed, plus some lighting to catch those mid-night’s dreams. When you wake, try to not even move. Think to yourself, what was I dreaming about? Think of every detail, even the abstract and especially the strange, and note the dialogue. And within 5 minutes of being awake, in just enough time to not get muddled with normal daily distractions, record every bit of the dream you can.

Follow a Sleep Routine, Get More Sleep
To get into a good dream routine, it helps to get into a good sleep routine. Waking up and falling asleep at the same time will train your body to find the rhythm of REM sleep and waking up needed to remember your dreams better. Another option is to just get more sleep, enabling yourself more opportunity to achieve that deep sleep needed to dream well.

Be Positive
It might be discouraging at first, only remembering moments or glimpses of your dreams, but keep at it, and you’ll soon progress to series of events, and then finally to multiple dreams a night. A positive attitude is not only key to the motivation needed to scribble down your dreams first thing in the morning, but the positive reinforcement will train your brain to dream more and to remember those dreams. A good example of positive dream reinforcement is every night, before you fall asleep, remind yourself that you want to remember your dreams. It will improve your chances.

Think  About Your Dreams
Consider your dreams throughout the day. Try and use different guides, as well as a perspective on your own life, to analyze and interpret your dreams. As mentioned before, this repetition of thinking about your dreams will positively reinforce your brain into putting more importance in remembering your dreams. Thinking about your dreams during the day may also allow you to recognize patterns or commonalities in your dreams that can unlock abilities to realize that you are dreaming within your dream, also known as lucid dreaming.

Talk About Your Dreams
Much like family photo albums, no one will be that interested in your dreams if it doesn’t involve them personally. But corner your cubicle coworker at the office, or employ the buddy system when it comes to recollection, and open up a dialogue for your dreams. Once again, just by talking about your dreams, you are positively reinforcing the idea of always remembering your dreams, and by making your dreams a part of your reality, the better the chance that they will become part of your nighttime routine.

And there you have it. The first steps towards better dream recollection. Once you get to the point of remembering multiple dreams, you’ll realize what you’ve been missing this whole time. The midnight matinee for your subconscious and the importance different thoughts and ideas has on your brain; remembering more dreams will make you sleep easy at night and get excited for bedtime.

Additional Resources
The Lucidity Institute – How to Remember Your Dreams
Dream Moods – Tips for Dream Recall

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