Remembering your dreams is the starting place for mastering to have lucid dreams. If you don't recall your dreams, even if you do have a lucid dream, you will not likely remember it! And, in order to be able to identify your dreams as dreams while they are taking place, you have to be familiar with the way your own dreams work. Before it will be worth your time to develop lucid dream induction methods, you should be able to recall at minimum one dream every night. |
People who say they never dream simply never remember their dreams. You may have more than one dream during a REM (dream) period, separated by short arousals that are most often forgotten. It is generally accepted among sleep researchers that dreams are not recalled unless the sleeper awakens directly from the dream, rather than after going on to other stages of sleep.
It may be useful while you are developing your dream recall to keep a complete dream diary. Keep the journal handy by your bed and record every dream you remember, regardless how fragmentary. Start by jotting down all your dreams, not just the complete, coherent, or interesting ones-- even when all you remember is a room or a face, write it down.
When you awaken in the night and recall what you were dreaming, record the dream right away. We seem to have built-in dream erasers in our minds, which make dream experiences more difficult to recall than waking ones. Write down the precise content of any dialogue from the dream, because words will almost inevitably be forgotten in a very short time.
Possibly, all you will need to do to increase your dream recall is to remind yourself as you are falling asleep that you wish to awaken fully from your dreams and remember them. Before attempting to write down the dream, go over the dream in your mind, re-telling the dream story to yourself. Even if you can't recall anything in bed, events or scenes of the day may remind you of something you dreamed the night before.
If you find that you sleep too deeply to awaken from your dreams, try setting an alarm clock to wake you at a time when you are likely to be dreaming. Once again, when you wake up, don't move and think first of what you were just dreaming before writing.
Learning to remember your dreams may seem difficult at first, but if you persist, you will almost certainly succeed-- and may find yourself remembering four or more dreams per night. And, the more familiar you become with the style of your own dreams, the easier it will be to remember you are dreaming while you are dreaming-- and explore the world of your dreams while still on the scene.
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