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6 Tips to Help You Remember Your Dreams

The average person spends nearly a third of their life asleep, yet remembers next to nothing of what happens during that time. You dreams can be a source of great adventures of inventive ideas, so here are some tips to help you recall what happens in your sleep.

Stop! Don’t Move
It’s easiest to remember your dreams within the first 90 seconds of waking up. After that, the memory steadily begins to fade away as time progresses, with most people completely forgetting their dreams of the night before by early afternoon. Make the most of those 90 seconds by staying still, and staying in the position you were sleeping in. By maintaining your position it will allow your mind to hold onto the memory longer.

Get More Sleep
A big reason you might be forgetting your dreams is because you’re not having enough of them. Dreams occur during REM sleep, meaning that they typically begin and last longer during the second half of the night. The more time you spend asleep, the more likely you are to have a longer, more in-depth and focused dream that is easier to recall in the morning.

Keep a Dream Journal
A lot of people keep a journal to remember what happened during their day, so why not do it for your nights? Like most memories, dreams can be triggered by phrases and simple moments that you write in a book. When you find yourself waking in the night after a dream, quickly jot down some notes about it in a journal. This will help you trigger your dream memories when you read over it later.

Watch Your Diet
Though mostly anecdotal, there have been indications that the vitamin B6 aids in helping people recall their dreams. Try to eat a more balanced diet with less fatty foods in order allow your body a more restful sleep. If you choose to ingest more vitamin B6, remember that 100 milligrams a day is the safe maximum amount.

Set Your Alarm Five Minutes Earlier
When in a hurry to get to work, people (if they don’t roll over and fall back asleep) will hop out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off. It’s been shown that lying in bed and focusing on your dreams will actually aid in recovering them. So set your alarm clock for a few minutes earlier than normal and take that extra time to lie in bed and reflect upon your night.

Use Your Imagination
Studies have indicated that people who are more creative tend to remember their dreams more than those who aren’t so artistically inclined. That means it’s time to get in touch with your inner Picasso. By allowing your mind to shift from serious issues and letting your imagination soar, you’re more likely to have inventive and lengthy dreams at night. When lying in bed, tell yourself a story. Many times this will heavily influence your dreams, and the story you made up in your head before falling asleep can trigger memories of your dreams in the morning.

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