Tips for Dream Recall

It’s useful when an article has simple practical solutions for a goal. When it comes to remembering your dreams, the following tips are suggested:

  • Before bed, drink three glasses of water (or two glasses if that’s enough!). Increased water intake before bed should awaken you during the night and get you to walk to the bathroom. You probably will discover you remember some dreams during these nighttime awakenings.
  • Repeat a dream mantra at least three times before the onset of sleep — such as, “I will remember my dreams tonight!”. This pre-dream state is the time for a “trigger list” for remembering your dreams.
  • Keep a dream notebook and pen by your bedside and record your dreams as soon as you remember them.
  • Lastly, don’t awaken and immediately start your day. Just lie there in bed and recall your dreams.  Replay the memory of the dream over and over again and let details of your dream come to mind. Your dream memory will be more likely to last now because you have stored the dream in your awakened state.

Good luck with the list above and see if you can begin the morning with better dream recall than ever before.  How does this new capacity for dream memory impact your insight, creativity, and clarity of goals?


Article: How to Remember Your Dreams by Jaime Lowe. The New York Times Magazine, January 27, 2017.

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