Dream Recall and Lucid Experiences
All of us dream during the night, even though not everyone remembers their dreams. On the flip side, our dreams are always remembered by many of us, though we may or may really not write them down or give them much focus. The biggest offender of bad recall is frequently a lot of strain. Even if you are actively wanting to remember your dreams, being under lots of pressure rather than getting restful slumber can affect your eligibility to recall anything. Dream recall is integral to lucid dreaming methodologies.
Growinging dream recall is the initial step towards having lucid dreams. In the end, what is the use of having an amazing lucid dream if you do not recall it after you wake up? It is very likely you’ve already had lucid dreams in the past but didn’t remember them. Besides that, learning to lucid dream regularly needs you to understand your dreams well enough to discover any differences between your dreams and your awakening life. For example, should you dream about a particular person, place or thing that you never see in your waking life, you need to use that as a clue to assist you in becoming lucid. This can be called a dream-hint or dream-cue, which will be covered in more detail in the next section.
Dream Recall Is Easy
Getting enough sleep at night is essential to enhancing your power to remember your dreams. Provided that you’re well rested you’ll find it easier to focus your intention on remembering your wishes and also your dream won’t be clouded by exhaustion. It is favorable to sleep when feeling moderately tired at night and not when on the verge of crashing from exhaustion. Additionally, if you’re able to get enough sleep throughout the night it’ll be easier to wake up repeatedly to record your dreams, which is exactly what you’ll need to do.
A dependable dream recall can aid in several methods, so it’s important that you don’t develop it in a half hearted fashion. Just waking right up each morning and attempting to recall the dreams you had throughout the course of the night isn’t enough. Through the night you will have numerous dreams–at least one per REM span of slumber. The brain will erase memories of the preceding dream during the intermediate periods between REM sleep. Therefore, to salvage the memories of your dreams you’ll have to wake during or right following the REM intervals, while the dreams remain fresh in your mind. To become expert with dream recall you’ll have to be able to recall a few dreams per night. Losing a night occasionally to tension or anxiety is understandable, but take care to not fall right into a rut. Waking during or soon after REM spans is catchy, however there certainly are a couple solutions to help in this. The first approach just involves trying to time your awakening via an alarm clock so that you’ll wake up within a REM interval. As discussed in the portion on phases of slumber, the REM periods occur about every 90 minutes. Planning for the latter REM periods (about 4.5, 6, or 7.5 hours into sleep) is best because those are the longest dream spans. The next system is similar but not as easy to regulate: drink plenty of water before going to sleep.
Dream Recall Is not Complicated
To be able to eventually control your dreams you’re likely to have to focus your intent on this. Thus since this can prepare you for eventually attempting to control your dreams, a better approach to recalling your dreams is to focus your aim on remembering them before falling asleep. You need to be determined in your resoluteness and you should try to avoid extraneous ideas from attenuating your absorbed. Verbally saying your need to recall your dreams while falling asleep is the easiest way to achieve this. Our heads are strong tools and even though it may seem that individuals lose control of these when we enter sleep, that’s not completely the case. Concentrate your intent to wake from your dreams and remember them only before you lie down, and keep to repeat your purpose to yourself as you approach slumber. Repeat to yourself over and over, “I will awaken from my dreams and entirely remember them.” Should you find your thoughts wandering as you fall into sleep, reaffirm your intention. You want your last thought before drifting off to sleep to be of your aim to awaken from your own dreams and remember them.
When you wake up, try to help it become a custom to think back on your own dreams. If you wake up and instantly start thinking about the day ahead, the memories of your dreams will often be gone forever from the time you think to use remembering them. For most lucid dreamers, maintaining a dream journal is the best and simplest way to help remember.
When you again wake up in the morning no matter how clear your dreams might appear upon awakening during the night time, you’ll have almost completely forgotten the preceding ones. Upon waking, don’t let your mind to roam–instantly try to write it down in the diary, and focus on what you had just been dreaming. Contemplate that which you merely experienced and try to place events in order. Frequently reliving the dream backwards may help: after remembering an event, ask yourself, “What was I doing before that?” Also, note anything unusual–anything that wouldn’t generally happen in the awakening world. If you find these odd events recur in your dreams, then they are your personal dream indications–you may be able to use these to help you induce lucid dreaming eventually. From here you should read the section on dream signs.