There are tons of different theories about what dreams mean. Whether you believe that your dreams will be able to give you a deeper insight into your own mind, or that they're just random images that are fun to tell your friends about, it's always nice when you can remember them clearly. Since that's not always easy to do, here are a few tricks for remembering your dreams in the morning:
1. Keep a Dream Journal
If you want to get into the habit of remembering your dreams, you need to get a notebook to keep next to your bed. As soon as you wake up, you need to grab it and write down even the most pointless details that you can remember. Carry the book with you, because occasionally something you dreamt of will randomly pop into your head, and then you can add it to the pages. Then you can piece everything together.
2. Get a Good Night's Sleep
You won't dream at all, unless you get a good night's sleep. That's why you should aim to rest for about eight hours. You should also eliminate noises and distractions. Wear ear plugs if you have to.
3. Keep Your Alarm Clock Close
Don't leave your alarm clock on a table across the room from your bed. Keep it somewhere you can easily reach, so you can turn it off right away and try to remember your dreams. If you have to get up to turn it off, you won't be able to remember what you were dreaming about by the time you have the chance to think about it.
4. Stay in the Physical Position You Were in While Asleep
If you wake up and can't remember a thing about what you dreamt, it might help to go back into the physical position you were in during the dream. If you sleep on your stomach, don't move from your stomach until you're able to recall your dreams. Once you do, then you have permission to get up and start your day.
5. Don't Eat or Drink before Bed
You shouldn't eat or drink right before bed, because it'll hamper your ability to dream. However, if you must have a midnight snack, there are some foods, like cherries, that will actually make your dreams more vivid. That means they'll be easier to remember, so stick to those dream-safe foods.
6. Don't Just Remember in the Morning
If you wake up in the middle of the night, try to remember what you were just dreaming about. If you wait until the morning when you're "officially" awake, you'll probably forget all about the dream you just had. It doesn't matter how drowsy you are. If you wake up in the middle of the night, force yourself to think about your dreams and write them all down in your journal.
7. Tape Record Yourself Talking in Your Sleep
If a parent or boyfriend has ever told you that you talk during your sleep, then you should buy a tape recorder or download the function on your phone. That way, you can tape yourself throughout the night and listen to the recording in the morning. Hearing your words could jog your memory about your dreams.
Once you start remembering your dreams, you'll be able to interpret them, which is the fun part! What other tricks do you use to remember your dreams more clearly?