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How to Remember Your Dreams

5 Clever Ways How You Can Remember Your Dreams

How to better remember dreams, might be a question encountered by those who do not remember their dreams in spite of wanting to do so. You dream of things which are buried deep in your subconscious. Let's see how you can remember your dreams better.
PsycholoGenie Staff
Last Updated: Sep 29, 2018
Many times, we wake up having a very vivid dream, and the feeling lingers for a long time after. But, when we try to recollect the details of the dream, most can hardly go into the details. This phenomenon is not very unusual.
In fact, there are many people who cannot remember their dreams. However, there are a few things that can be done in order to remember the things that we dream. These tricks have been provided here.
Give Thy Name
A name is an identity and an easy way to connect with a particular thing. Likewise, naming the dream will help you connect more with the dream. Give your dream a title, it will certainly help you in remembering it. Speak to others as much as you can about your dream using the title. Take clues from the title whenever you feel you have forgotten it.
Pen the Dream
Young pregnant woman making a list
For this, you will need to maintain your personal dream diary or journal. To recall your dreams easily, you can cultivate the habit of writing down your dream as soon as you wake up. Divide the page into 2 parts.
On one side, write the dream and on the other, write your interpretation of the dream. Do not give importance to your grammar or sentence formation―just scribble whatever bits and pieces you remember about your dream, since the focus here is the dream, not the language.
It is an effective tool for remembering dreams. After the month is over, go through the journal and see how much you remember. You would surely be amazed by all that you have been able to remember. This will help you in remembering dreams from years ago.
Draw it Up
drawing
Rather than words, pictures can also powerfully portray events and your feelings. Therefore, if writing is not your cup of tea, try creating a picture of your dream. In case you are better at images than you are with words, this is a fantastic option.
Create a picture story of your dream. Ask yourself where was the dream located? Who all were present in the dream? What was the location and things like that. This will surely help you to recollect your dreams.
Read Only Dreams
There is a phase in our sleep which is called Rapid Eye Movement (REM). It takes place around 20% percent of the time we are asleep at night. The best part is that the dreams in this phase can be very easy to remember. For experimental purposes, try getting up at different times at night. This is one of the very common ways suggested for remembering dreams.
Be Positive
Young woman with long brown hair sleeping and embracing pillow.
Most importantly, get yourself in the remembering and recalling mode. Tell yourself before going to bed that you will definitely remember your dreams.
Try harder and try to remember longer and complicated dreams. This will surely help you. There can be recurrent dreams as well so you have to analyze them carefully.
Other than these methods, if you really want to be able to recollect your dreams, accept and pay attention to them. If something from your dream disturbs you, see how you can go about dream interpretations. Or maybe you can also try doing bubble mapping of the dreams. Dreams are ultimately a treasure trove.
It is absolutely mind-boggling to know where all your mind and subconscious can take you. Let us end with this very apt quote that Carl Jung has put forth about dreams―"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens".