Tips and Tricks for Remembering your Dreams

We all dream at night, even if you don’t remember your dreams in the morning, in all likelihood you spent your sleeping hours in dreamland.  If you are really not dreaming you likely have a medical condition and should get checked out by your doctor.

When most people say they don’t dream what they really mean is that they don’t remember their dreams.  Dreams are like elusive bedfellows who like to slip away quickly after you awake in the morning.  The trick is to record your dream right as you wake up so it doesn’t leave you before you have time to process it.

So how do you do this?  How do you remember your dreams long enough to write them down – and then maybe send them in for interpretation through my Dream Collector’s page?

Here are some tips and tricks for remembering those dreams when you wake up in the morning:

Set the Intention to Remember your Dreams

One of the biggest ways to help yourself remember your dreams is to want to remember your dreams.  Tell yourself before you go to sleep at night that you will remember those nighttime outings when you wake up.  It also helps to signal yourself that you are serious about your intentions by keeping paper and a pen right next to your bed.  This way the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning is a reminder to write down those dreams.

And don’t worry if you don’t remember everything right away.  You will find by just starting to write something down other details will filter in and suddenly you will be remembering too much so that it is difficult to get everything on paper.

The Glass Half-full trick

This is a trick I’ve heard about from numerous sources but haven’t figured out where the original idea came from.  What you do is you get a glass of water and say to the water “this water will help me remember my dreams.”  Right before bedtime you then drink half the glass and think “I will remember my dreams” as you are drinking this water.  When you wake up in the morning you drink the rest of the glass thinking to yourself “I remember my dreams”.  This will help your mind remember those dreams.  Try it and see if this works for you!

Sleep begets Dreams

One reason you may have a difficult time remembering your dreams is because you are simply too tired in the morning to take the time to write them down before you need to wake up and get started with the day.  I can’t count the times that I’ve had a dream and woken in the middle of the night, but decided not to write it down because I was just too tired.  But when I’m well rested I have no problem taking those five minutes – even in the middle of the night – to write down the details of my nightly escapades.

So how about you?  Do you have any tips or tricks for remembering your dreams?  Do you dream at night?  Do you have trouble remembering your dreams?

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