Perhaps you are interested in knowing what your dreams mean, but you are having trouble remembering them. However, all is not lost. There are things you can do to help yourself remember your dreams. It may take a little time and practice, but it is well worth it. Dreams can help you to work out what is going on in your life and they can sort out your feelings and emotions. Here we will give you 10 tips which will help you to remember your dreams. They are all relatively easy to do, and in addition to you remembering your dreams, you will probably get a better night’s sleep.
1. Consciously Choose to Remember Your Dreams:
Before you go to sleep each night, tell yourself that you are going to remember your dreams. This will help to reaffirm that you want to remember them. Tell yourself more than once for extra power/ By making this decision while you are awake will make it easier to remember your dreams. If it doesn’t work the first time, try again on consecutive nights. It is something that might take a little practice.
2. Write Down a Question You Would Like to Have Answered Before Going to Sleep:
There may be something worrying you in your waking life. It could be connected to anything, from your career to your personal relationships. Perhaps you don’t know whether or not to change jobs or maybe you are worried because your partner seems to be drifting away from you. If you write the question down, it can help your subconscious to focus on the question. It will help you to get in a ‘dream remembering mode’.
3. Establish a Healthy Sleeping Routine:
Another aid to help you remember your dreams is to get into a routine at bedtime. It helps you sleep better as well as remember your dreams. It might not always be easy, but try and go to bed at the same time each night as well as get up at approximately the same time. You should aim to get around seven or eight hours of sleep each night. Switch off your technology before going to bed. It is a good idea to stop using your computer about an hour before bed. Switch off your cell phone as well so that you aren’t disturbed.
4. Wake Up Naturally:
You can easily forget your dreams if you use an alarm clock to wake up or are suddenly woken up. This may be difficult if you have to go to work, but tell yourself that you want to wake up at a certain time right before you go to sleep. This really does work. Just try it out.
5. Wait to Open Your Eyes:
As soon as you wake up, ask yourself what you were dreaming about. Saying it out loud can help reinforce the dream in your mind. Try to keep still and keep your eyes closed. Replay the dream in your mind until you are sure that it has stuck. Only once you are sure that you have remembered the dream should you open your eyes.
6. Stay in the Dream as Long as Possible:
It is important to stay absorbed in the dream for as long as possible. Lie completely still with your eyes closed as if you were still dreaming. Some people can do this for a few minutes, but others will only be able to do it for seconds. However, practice makes perfect. Do this every morning and eventually, you will be able to stay in the dream for longer. Think about what parts of the dream stand out to you and focus on them. It doesn’t matter if you don’t remember all the details, as long as you have a rough outline of the dream. If you remember any dialogue, say it out loud as that will imprint it on your mind.
7. Write About the Dream in a Dream Journal:
It is a good idea to keep a dream journal by the side of your bed. Once you have gone through the dream in your mind and opened your eyes, write down everything you remember. This will keep the dream fresh in your mind instead of it fading as the day goes on. To have the dream written down will enable you to pick out themes and symbols and, as a result, you will understand your dreams better.
Try to write down everything that you remember however inconsequential you feel it is. Don’t worry if you don’t write down that much at first. As you practice, more details will come to mind. It is also a good idea to read through your dream journal each week as well as each day. By doing this, you will see any recurring themes and symbols.
8. Try Drawing a Picture:
Perhaps you don’t much like writing. If so, why not draw a picture to represent your dream. It doesn’t need to be a work of art. A rough sketch will be sufficient. Maybe you could both write about your dream and draw a picture. This will give you a better idea of what the dream was about.
9. Reflect on the Dream After You Wake Up for a Few Minutes:
Once you have got out of bed, don’t turn on the TV or radio. Instead, think about your dream, mulling through all the symbols and metaphors. Perhaps find a quiet place where you can be on your own without any distractions. Think about what characters were in the dream, the setting, and the plot. Was there anything that particularly stood out? Have you had a similar dream recently? How did the dream make you feel? Were you happy, sad, scared, angry, or anxious?
Perhaps you are not an expert at interpreting dreams. If so, it is useful to look up the meanings of dreams in a dream dictionary. Most people have access to the internet and you will be able to find the meanings of what stood out for you in your dream.
10. Keep Trying!:
If you are really interested in remembering and interpreting your dreams, don’t give up. It might take a few weeks, but the effort will be worth it. Follow the suggestions we have given you for at least a month. You will probably just remember a little of the dreams to start off with but as time goes on, you will recall them in more detail.
Yes, you might feel frustrated when you first start trying to remember your dreams. It does take practice and determination, but learning how to remember and interpret your dreams will help you in your waking life. For example, it can help you to decide whether or not to make a career move. Maybe you will realize that people you considered to be friends have been going behind your back. Dreams are powerful in that they can help to reduce stress and anxiety. They are a way of guiding you on the right path. Try and remember as many details as possible to get the full picture. Take note of the people in the dream. Do you know them or not? Try and remember if particular colors stand out as colors have their own set of meanings. If, for example, you dream of the color red, it can either mean passion or anger. The rest of the dream should tell you which it is. It is always a good idea to compare your dreams to your waking life as more often than not they relate to it. It is rare to have a precognitive dream. Just because you die in a dream, doesn’t mean that you are going to die. It usually means that you are going to have a new start.
If you remember your dreams and learn how to interpret them, you will experience great benefits. From sorting out your problems to opening your eyes to certain situations, you will unlock the hidden secrets of your unconscious mind.