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Monday, 11 October 2021

Why Can't You Remember Your Dreams?

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Have you ever gone to a room and thought about why I was here? Do you remember what you were thinking in the early morning when you were brushing? These things happen with everyone as we are human beings; our mind wanders in thinking unnecessary for us. Most of the time, you discard that nonessential information from your mind.

We spend a third of our life asleep, with an adequate proportion involving dreaming. But mostly, you don't remember any of your dreams while some people remember their dreams occasionally. Even on some lucky days when you wake up with a memory of a dream, but on the other minute, it'll vanish back to the dreamland. Mostly, it is tough to remember and recall all dreams; some people can't recall even a single of them. There can be specific reasons, or it can be natural for someone to remember them or not. Let's discuss why you can't remember your dreams?

Dreams and their processes

Dreams are basically a window to the subconscious. Dreams are fantasy worlds that occur during a particular stage of sleep and restore our brain functions. Dreams occur in the rapid eye movement (REM) stage, when our brain processes information, removing the unnecessary information and moving crucial short-term memory into long-term memory. There is a region in our brain known as the "temporoparietal junction" TPJ for processing information and emotions. Those people who have high dream recall had more activity in the TPJ than those who don't remember their dreams frequently.

So those people who can recall their dreams frequently may also have a distinction to memorize things in routine.

Is it Normal to Forget Dreams?

It is normal to forget dreams because sometimes dreams are so natural and severe that our brain hides them. So they are lost from our memory between waking and dreaming. One main reason to forget dreams is that the chemical norepinephrine, which is associated with memory, is present in our brain. When you are dreaming, these chemicals that help with recall are at their lower level, so you won't be able to remember your dreams.

Some Factors that Affect Dreams to Recall

Some factors that can affect our dreams to recall are discussed below.

  • Age

As we grow older, it is challenging to remember dreams. Late childhood and adolescence is an appropriate time to remember dreams at their peak.

  • Gender

There is a piece of exciting information regarding gender: women recall more dreams than men; it may be due to some biological or hormonal differences.

  • Personality

Some ordinary personality traits mind people have higher recalling towards dreams. On the other hand, some people with a practical mind have a low tendency to recall their dreams.

  • Amount of sleep

Those people having an average sleep at night tend to have more chances to recall dreams than those sleeping only 4-5 hours. Some people report that they remember dreams on weekends when they sleep more.

  • Respond to external stimuli

High recallers who responded to external stimuli having an increased tendency to recall their dreams contradict low recallers whose response towards stimuli is deficient.

There are different reasons that you can't remember your dreams. But you should not get worried about remembering dreams. It is a widespread and normal phenomenon that occurs with every human being at every stage of life.

However, if you are trying to lucid dream, you should be able to recall your dreams.

Julia B.

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