How to remember your dreams
If you can’t remember the dreams you have, you might as well not have them.
It’s important to make sure your dream recall is in top shape. Remembering your dreams is known in the Lucid Dreaming community as ‘Dream Recall’. It means the same thing, remembering your dreams. Remembering dreams comes down to this; Writing in your dream diary, believing you’ll remember, and practice. The most important thing is that you write in your dream journal.
Believe in yourself
Tell yourself you’ll be able to remember your dreams, and you’ll find it much easier. Stay positive and never give up!
Write down your dreams when you wake up
By writing in your dream journal as soon as you wake up, you don’t give yourself time to forget it. If you start getting up, making breakfast and then trying to remember, you won’t. It will be very difficult because the brain is not yet trained to remember dreams. Try and do it before anything else, before even getting out of bed if possible.
It’s all about training your brain to remember your dreams as soon as you wake up, and in order to start doing this, you need to be able to have it as the ‘first thing’ you think about when waking up. This can’t be stressed enough, whatever you do, write ‘something’ in your dream journal every morning.
To do this step, you’ll of course need a dream journal. To get one, just use a notebook, or you could get this nice leather one. Make sure to read our page about how to keep a dream diary, it has a lot of information about how to record your dreams properly.
Tell yourself you’ll be able to remember your dreams
This is a psychological tip more than anything else. Tell yourself every night before you go to sleep that you’ll remember your dreams. Even if you don’t at first, keep telling yourself that, and after a few days or weeks, you will.
This is because your mind picks up on these messages you’re sending it, and actually takes them on board, and makes more of an effort to remember your dreams. By doing this enough, you’ll find yourself thinking much more clearly in the mornings about your dreams and what happened. It will get easier for you.
So there we have the main ways to remember your dreams more often and with more clarity. It is mainly about writing in your dream journal, as this will be the key in training your brain to remember more about your nocturnal habits. Keep going with that, and you’ll see results soon enough.
Keep yourself healthy and sleep right
This is something which will help you with dream clarity as well as dream recall. Keep yourself healthy, and keep your sleep patterns normal and regular. In order to have the best dreaming experience, you might want to look at the bigger picture, and improve your overall health. Do some exercise, eat the right foods, and most importantly, get enough sleep.
This doesn’t mean go to bed at 3 in the morning and wake up at noon the next day, it means go to bed in the evening when you’re tired and wake up in the morning preferably before 8-9.
The body naturally wakes up at this time, but by progressively staying up later and later you push your body clock round so that it needs more sleep the next morning, and you lay in until 12. It’s not healthy, and it can affect your dreaming as well as your overall well being. If you’re serious about Lucid Dreaming and improving your health and dreams, try and establish a regular sleep pattern.
To start shifting it, the easiest and quickest way is to set an alarm for the new time for example 8am. Get up at this time every day no matter how tired you are, and in a few days you’ll find you get tired enough to sleep at 10-11 at night. You can quickly change your body clock and sleep patterns this way.
On a side note, another great way to increase your dream recall and remember more of your dreams is to take a vitamin called Vitamin B6 (The ‘dream memory’ Vitamin), this vitamin really boosts your memory and brain power, specially for remembering your dreams. It’s best to take it with a multivitamin, just to make sure you’re all balanced out and healthy.