Tips to remember your dreams

Some people remember their dreams vividly, some people only remember scary dreams, while others don’t seem to remember their dreams at all. In fact, 95% of dreams are forgotten by the time you roll out of bed!! Luckily, if you want to remember your dreams, some techniques do help. Here are a few simple suggestions:

  1. Keep a dream journal (or just call it a notebook) by your bed. Even if you feel like you don’t remember any of your dreams, start with a dream journal by your bed. As soon as you wake up and see the notebook, see if you can recall a dream you might have had. As you make a habit of focusing on your dreams, you are more likely to capture bits of them in your mind. Most likely, at present, when you first wake up, you get busy getting ready for the day and your mind has wandered away from the night’s activities. Seeing your dream journal by your bed may provide a moment of hesitation for your brain to focus on your dreams and not on the day ahead.
  2. Meditate. Meditation is a way to quite your mind and go within – to not let the hustle and bustle of daily life interfere with what is happening inside of yourself. Meditation helps you to remember dreams because meditation teaches you to be more mindful of the present moment. When you have a dream and then wake up, your mind shifts quickly to the events of the day. Meditation teaches your mind to stay calm and in the moment for a few moments before the shift takes place. It’s a training of the mind to slow down, not just when meditating but throughout the day. That way, when you wake up, you are not jumping out of bed to the hustle and bustle of the day, but you can take that moment of reflection that meditation has instilled in you to do.
  3. Fall asleep with the intention of remembering your dreams. Many people note that when they put their minds to remembering, they actually start to remember. As YSS always says, “What you think about, you bring about!”

DID YOU KNOW? Neuroscience tells us that dreams are best remembered when they occur during the REM stage of sleep, and that the quality of these dreams are different than the dreams that occur during non-REM sleep.


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