In this article we will be covering a few effective tips to remember your dreams, and improve lucid dreaming levels…
To begin your journey into lucid dreaming, you must first teach yourself to recall your dreams. The ability to recognize a dream while it is happening is a process that will come more naturally once you can remember and decipher details from your dreams.
Before attempting to lucid dream, you should try to remember at least one per night.
The first step in dream recall is to allow yourself plenty of time for sleep. Being well rested will help you recall your dreams and be prepared to write them down if you wake at night.
Another benefit of getting adequate sleep is periods of dreaming get longer and denser as the night progresses.
The first dream period is very short, lasting for about 10 minutes. Towards the end of an 8 hour sleep, dreaming cycles lengthen to 45-60 minutes.
Everyone dreams, even if they do not recall their dreams. Typically we have about one dream every 90 minutes. It is possible to have more than one dream during deep sleep.
These dreams may be separated by short moments of wakefulness that we most likely forget by morning. Most dream researchers accept that dreams may not be recalled unless the sleeper wakes directly after a dream.
For this reason, the second tip in recalling your dreams is to keep a dream journal next to your bed. Any time you awaken during or after dreaming, immediately write down what you remember in your dream journal.
Record any details you remember, even if they are fragmented, incoherent, or incomplete. Write down any detail you can remember.
By morning the details of your dream may be gone, so it is important to write them down as soon as possible. We are built to erase our dreams, and recalling our sleep experiences is often more difficult than our daytime experiences as time goes on.
If you don’t wish to record the entire dream in detail during the night, write down at least an outline of the dream and its major plot points. Don’t forget to include any dialogue spoken in the dream.
Another tip for recalling dreams is to set your intention before going to sleep in the same way you would if there is a certain time you have to wake.
Tell yourself that your intention is to awaken after each dream and that you want total recall of all your dreams. Interfering thoughts when you wake will release your dream memory.
Ask yourself, “What was I dreaming?” as soon as you wake.
Go over the details of the dream story in your mind to solidify them before writing them down. It is very important to stay in the same position and keep your focus on your dream.
Do not allow thoughts of the upcoming day to intrude. Expand on any clues you can remember of your dream: thoughts, mood, feelings, colors, sounds – weave them into a dream story.
If you can only recall one scene, try recalling the scene before and then before that, moving backward through the dream.
If all you remember are certain feelings or moods present during the dream, describe these in your journal.
If you recall nothing, note your present mood and thoughts and ask yourself, “Was I dreaming about that?”
As your day progresses, you may remember more. Be prepared to jot these down in your journal as they occur.
If you are a deep sleeper and are having difficulty awakening at night to recall dreams, try setting an alarm to wake you during the time you are most likely to dream.
Since REM cycles occur about every 90 minutes, calculate the time to wake in multiples of 90.
For instance 360 minutes from the time you go to bed.
Try waking during the end of the night when dreams occur more frequently at 4.5, 6, or 7.5 hours from the time you go to bed.
The Final Step
Finally, while setting your intention at bedtime, spend some time reading your dream journal. This will help prepare you for dream recovery and solidify your intentions.
Recalling dreams may prove difficult at first, but as you continue, you will remember more of your dreams and in more vivid detail.
You may get to the point of remembering many of your dreams each night At this stage, you will probably not want to record them all.
Instead, use your dream journal to record only the most compelling and significant dreams.
As you become more familiar with your own unique style of dreaming, it will become easy to realize when you are dreaming as your are dreaming.
Then you can explore your world of dreams while you are still in the scene.
If you have any thoughts or questions about these tips to remember your dreams, please leave them in the comment section below.