How to Remember Your Dreams

One of the main ways to start out lucid dreaming is learning how to remember your dreams. Learning how to remember your dreams may be very simple for you, or it can be difficult. It all depends on what type of dream recall you naturally have. Most people know how to remember your dreams at some points in their lives, especially when dreams are particularly vivid or happen near when a person wakes up. Many people seem to just naturally remember their dreams and may have vivid dream recall almost every night. No matter where you are on the spectrum, you can learn how to remember your dreams with a few different techniques.

Learning how to remember your dreams is essential to learning to have lucid dreams. Why? Because your ability to become lucid during dreams often hinges on a reality check. You can’t train yourself to do reality checks well unless you know what you should be looking for by knowing recurring patterns, themes, or symbols in your dreams. For instance, if you know that a certain coworker always pops up in your dreams, you can train yourself to do reality checks whenever you see that coworker during the day. Then, in your dreams, you’re more likely to subconsciously remember to do a reality check when that person comes up.

Learning how to remember your dreams isn’t rocket science. Here are a few tips that can help you do it well:

Get more sleep! Most adults these days are sleep deprived. You really need to have about seven to eight hours of sleep a night for your general health, but if you’re figuring out how to remember your dreams, it’s even more important. Everyone dreams during REM cycles in their sleep, but the longer you’re asleep, the longer and closer together your REM cycles will be. This boosts your chances of remembering your dreams because you’re much more likely to remember your dreams if you awaken straight from a REM dream stage instead of going into another stage of sleep first.

Be intentional about learning how to remember your dreams. Setting your intentions can help your subconscious boost the abilities of your conscious mind. It’s one of the best lucid dreaming techniques, and it works for learning how to remember your dreams, as well. One of the best things you can do is to repeat a mantra to yourself as you’re falling asleep. Say something like, “When I wake up, I’ll remember my dream.” Then, when you wake up, consciously try to remember your dream. Sometimes you won’t remember any at all, and sometimes you’ll get snippets. As you work on it, though, your subconscious will start prompting better and better dream recall so you’ll be better at remembering your dreams as you go along.

Keep a dream journal. This is one of the most important steps in learning how to remember your dreams. Keeping a dream journal forces you to write down everything you do remember about your dreams so that you’re more likely to remember more next time. I suggest just picking up a slim notebook you can carry with you. You might be surprised at how you’ll remember snippets of your dream in the middle of the day, and you’ll want to jot down notes then, too!

In your dream journal, be sure to date all your dreams, and if you have more than one in a night, write down that they were separate dreams. This can help you pick out patterns later which, as I’ve said, is incredibly helpful for learning to have lucid dreams. Start learning how to remember your dreams tonight, and you’ll be lucid dreaming in no time!

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"The result of the struggle between the thought and the ability to express it, between dream and reality, is seldom more than a compromise or an approximation." - M. C. Escher