People have been fascinated by dreams since the beginning of time, and OnlineClock.net has been fascinated by the subject as well.
Ancient philosophers found meaning in their dreams and there are even college certificates in dream studies available at over 50 colleges and universities in the United States, including Saybrook University in San Francisco, California.
You cannot analyze your dreams if you don’t remember them, so Online Clock presents some tips to help you remember your dreams.
1) Don’t Try Too Hard
Researchers at the University of California Berkeley, have found that dreams may be effective at soothing painful memories.
For patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, dreams are often a way to work through the memories without having to consciously think about the trauma that was experienced. Remembering dreams is important for other reasons too, but putting pressure on yourself to remember your dreams is often counterproductive, the pressure to remember often makes it more difficult to recall your dreams in the morning. Try welcoming your dreams before falling asleep and allowing your mind to drift toward what you would like to dream about without trying to force yourself to remember every detail in the morning.
2) Give Yourself Time
Waking up to an alarm and immediately jumping out of bed makes it very difficult to remember your dreams. It is best to lie quietly in bed and think about your dream carefully. Focus on every detail you can remember, even if it is only a feeling or a color. The longer you spend thinking about your dream, the more likely you are to remember more details. Gently replay the pieces of the dream that you can recall in your mind over and over to see if anything changes or new pieces fall into place. Realize that you won’t remember every dream or every detail of a single dream.
3) Write Down Everything
Most people believe that their dreams are important enough that they will remember every detail, but this is usually not the case. John Suler, PHD from Rider University recommends that you write down as many details as you can remember as soon as possible after waking. Keeping a notebook and a pen next to your bed will allow you to make notes without even having to get up. You may even want to keep a small flashlight within reach so that you can make notes if you wake during a dream in the middle of the night. If don’t like the idea of writing your dreams down on paper, you can try recording everything you remember using a tape-recorder.
Jot down every single detail you can think of, even the really small details that seem like they don’t matter. Remember color, feelings, clothing, environment, touch, smell and more. You may also want to note any events from the past that the dream reminds you of. Write the memories down even if they don’t seem to be directly related to the dream. It’s also a good idea to note anything that was on your mind as you were falling asleep the night before as well as anything you ate within three hours of sleep. Don’t worry about organizing the elements you remember from the dream. It’s okay to remember small parts and they don’t have to fit together. Make notes as quickly as you can, without worrying about spelling or grammar.
4) Keep a Dream Journal
Almost everyone dreams, even if they are not able to remember their dreams in the morning. Keeping a dream journal is a way to track your dreams and help you remember them more clearly.
You may find that you have similar dreams after you have visited the same person or had a similar experience. Your dream journal is a place for you to analyze your dreams and compare them to dreams you have had in the past. Keeping your bedside notes in your dream journal will help you keep track of the details of your dreams so that you can analyze them carefully when you have the time.
5) Get Enough Sleep
Scientists believe that dreams are controlled by the brain, and people who get fewer than six or seven hours of sleep per night are less likely to remember their dreams than those who slept for eight or nine hours. Dreaming occurs during Rapid Eye Movement sleep, which gets more plentiful the longer you sleep. Your body doesn’t enter into long periods of REM sleep until you have been asleep for at least six hours, so people who sleep less than that will probably not remember their dreams.
Another benefit of sleeping longer is that sleep helps people process emotional trauma as well as new memories. According to ‘The Quantitative Study of Dreams‘, by Adam Schneider and G. William Domhoff from the University of California, Santa Cruz, people who have been subjected to severe head trauma and lesions are just as likely to dream as those with no trauma, but they are less likely to remember their dreams. An exception to this is that study participants who had experienced trauma to their temporal lobes reported an increase in the number of nightmares they experienced.
Most researchers believe that dreaming is beneficial to the brain and nervous system and everyone should get at least eight hours of sleep every night so that their body can process information using dreams. Your body probably benefits from dreaming even if you are unable to remember the dreams.
6) Self Hypnosis and Meditation
Many people have had success with experiencing more lucid dreams and remembering their dreams using self-hypnosis methods.
Self-hypnosis may sound complicated, but it is pretty simple. All you have to do is relax your body completely before falling asleep and tell your subconscious to give you memorable dreams that are vivid and meaningful. Repeat your request over and over again until you fall asleep. Self-hypnosis is completely safe, you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in a trance. You are completely in control of your thoughts and suggestions.
7) Don’t Give Up
Many people think that they don’t dream or that they will never remember their dreams because they haven’t remembered their dreams yet.
Remembering your dreams takes time and is usually a gradual process.
You may not remember anything the first few nights that you try to recall your dreams. One day you will probably remember a few details, but it may be weeks or months before you are able to remember an entire dream.
Other people may talk to you about their dreams, but try not to compare your dreams to the dreams of others.
You and your dreams are unique and the dreams you can remember may have great significance in your life!
So, until we meet again, OnlineClock.net wishes all of you…nothing but the best of dreams!