Tips and Tricks:
It’s really hard to remember your dreams in the morning as it feels like with every minute that passes a detail of the dream you just experienced will slip away into oblivion. Today’s tip is improving dream recall through dream journaling. Think about how your life would be with no long term memory, ask yourself how would you cope? My only solution would be to write a daily journal about the most important memories. Dream journaling is the same concept; it seems most dreams except the most vivid re-occurring ones never pass from your short term memory to your long term. The most widely accepted method for remembering your dreams is to keep a dream journal/log. My blog is a good example of this, I don’t remember my dream from 3 days ago but I can always go look at my blog entry and find out what happened and maybe some of the dream will come back to me. Every morning when you wake up from a dream write it down! Keep an empty notebook beside your bed, there is no point in pursuing lucid dreaming if you can’t remember them. The more you remember your dreams with a dream journal the more information you will be able to recall in the morning as time goes on since you have to train your brain to overcome its natural tendency to dump dream memories.
Last night’s dream:
I had a dream, I remembered it rather well when I woke up but I wasn’t in the mood to write anything today so I put off writing my dream blog immediately. As the day went on I found I had more and more trouble recalling the most basic concepts of my dream and now all I know is I had a dream but no clue what it was about. That will teach me to start keeping better track of my dreams in the morning. Even simple jot notes before writing my blog should improve my recall.
Interesting fact about Dreams:
According to Scientific American, we have five dreams per night on average, which translates to 1,825 dreams per year. Why we don’t remember all of them is less clear. Freud’s theory of repression which is one of the most well known theories states that our brain represses our wishful desires that are exhibited through some of our dreams. Other theories consider the fact that some dreams are not interesting enough to remember or since our physical senses are not being utilized to feel, smell, taste and hear during a dream our mind has a harder time remembering without the support of our senses.