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Friday, 27 August 2021

How can we remember our dreams?

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A most common misperception about dreaming is that dreams only provide insights into our feelings and routines interpreted by our unconscious mind. Yes, dreams do reflect our daily lives, but they also offer several potential benefits like a solution to problems, making discoveries, extending creativity, etc.

Ancient wisdom from the Talmud says: “A dream uninterpreted is like a letter unopened!”. It is possible to acquire clues about hidden, overlooked, and filtered information by paying close attention to our dreams. To interpret our dreams for meaningful information, we must have the potential to remember our dreams.

We can remember dreams by practicing specific techniques, and some are mentioned in this article.

Ways to remember dreams

To remember dreams, we can divide our day-to-day life activities into three categories.

  1. After we wake-up
  2. Before going to bed
  3. Activity during waken life

After wake-up with a dream in mind

Concentrate: Soon after waking up with a dream in mind, don’t move and don’t do anything, and remember the dream as much as possible before thinking about anything else. While recalling a dream, keep your focus on the object that was the first thing when you woke up.

Record: After recalling a dream, write it down with characters, events, emotions, and sounds in the dream diary.

Increase: Although we remember only the last dream in the greatest detail after waking up, it can be increased by recalling multiple dreams in one night. Set the alarm after 4.5 to 6 hrs of sleep to wake up and record the dream, but only if you can get back to sleep quickly; otherwise, skip this step.

Before going to bed

Quality Sleep: Dreams occur during REM sleep, and if quality sleep is lacking, it will reduce REM sleep time as well. Try to improve sleep quality by making a sleep time routine, sleeping through the night, and creating a peaceful sleep environment.

Maintain diary and alarm clock: Keep your dream diary with a pen and an alarm near your bed.

Avoid: Don’t take caffeinated, alcoholic drinks, foods, or medicines just before going to bed.

Switch off: Let your mind relax and switch off all gadgets or at least keep them away on silent to avoid distractions at least an hour before bedtime.

Focus: Think about the situation that you are looking forward to dreaming about.

Activity during waken life

Record: Write or sound record everything that triggers a memory of a dream from last night throughout the day.

Back to bed:

  • Create the same environment.
  • Lay down in the same position.
  • Look at the same object as when you awake from a dream and recall it.

It can help you to remember dreams with complete details.

Retry: Make it a habit to recall the dream and write it down just after waking up. Practice will help to remember dreams frequently.

Analyze: Log your eating patterns, sleeping routines, and activities before sleeping and analyze them to identify things that support remembering dreams.

Identify: Review your dreams and analyze them to identify hidden sequences and information.