1. Wake up Slowly
According to Sigmund Freud, the reason you struggle to remember your dreams is because the superego is at work protecting the conscious mind from the disturbing images and desires conjured by the unconscious. Sounds good in theory, but only by remembering dreams can we use them to help ourselves.
As soon as you wake up, stay in the same position, keep you eyes closed, and don’t let your mind start thinking about the day. You can wipe away memories of a dream in minutes (90 seconds, dream experts say)–and when you lose the dream, you lose the potential insight. When you’ve remembered everything you can, even if it’s just snippet, write down the dream’s details in a journal by your bed. Return to the journal later to reflect on what the dream might have meant, and pay attention to patterns, recurring themes, places and people over time.
Another quick tip for remembering your dreams? Each night when you are falling asleep, simply tell your self that you will remember your dreams.
Next: Reading the dream