Improving Dream Recall

When the topic of dream analysis comes up, the first thing most people talk about is their dream recall. Some people have very good dream recall and others rarely, if ever, recall their dreams.

I have a recording available of a self-hypnosis script to help you improve dream recall, and within it I mention that there are a variety of other things you can do to improve dream recall as well.

It’s impossible to work with and learn from dreams unless you remember them. If you already regularly remember your dreams, the following tips will increase your recall even more.

  1. Before getting into bed, have your journal, pen and light all set up and ready to go. This tells your unconscious mind that you’re ready to remember.
  2. Before going to sleep, tell your dream mind that you are interested in what it has to say.
  3. Spend a little extra time sleeping when you get a chance. Sleeping even a half-hour more than usual increases your time in REM, sleep. If you have trouble remembering dreams, this alone may do the trick.
  4. If you’re still having trouble remembering dreams, drink some extra water before going to bed. That will probably wake you up at least once during the night. The more often you wake up, the more likely you are to recall dreams.
  5. Try to wake up slowly. Don’t use an alarm clock unless absolutely necessary. Waking up abruptly tends to erase dream memories.
  6. If you have the feeling that you can almost remember a dream, but not quite, lie back in the position you were in before you woke up. This can trigger a memory.
  7. Re-read your journal from time to time and also try to talk to other people about your dreams. Maybe find a dream partner for mutual dream sharing. These are ways of telling your unconscious mind that dreams are important to you. Your unconscious mind will respond by showing you more dreams.


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