I’d have to say that the question I get asked the most is “What if I never dream?” Okay, that is probably the second most asked question, the first being “Is that your real hair color?” Anyhoo… it’s surprising to me how many people think they don’t dream. The truth is we ALL dream. It is a natural and necessary function of the brain. In fact, every 90 minutes throughout the night we have REM dream sleep. We average about 5 dreams per night and will have over 100, 000 dreams throughout our lifetime!
So the better question is, “Why don’t I remember my dreams?” Or even better than that… “How can I remember my dreams?”
Glad you asked. And it’s easier than you think!
Don’t move when you wake up
Whenever you wake up, whether it’s in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom or you’re waking up for good in the morning, stay put! It is essential that you remain in the same position you wake up in because that is the position you were dreaming in. If you move your body you disconnect yourself from the dream you were just in seconds ago! If you have to wake up with an alarm, go ahead and turn it off but get right back into that position you woke up in.
Give yourself three to five minutes of quiet still time
Remain quiet and still for just a few minutes. Don’t think about what you have to do today. Stay put. Keeping your mind clear will make it easier for the dream you just experienced to come back to you. You’ll be surprised what is there, waiting for you to capture it!
Start asking questions
If nothing is coming to you during this quiet, still moment start asking questions like: How am I feeling right now? Who was with me? What was I doing? These questions will help jog your memory because we always experience some form of emotion in our dreams, there are usually other people or characters in our dreams and we are certainly doing something.
Write it down
Whatever you remember, even if it’s just a tiny piece, like someone wearing bright red lipstick or you just remember feeling sad, write it down or record it into your phone. If you don’t document it in some way it will be gone after breakfast. Typically, our ability to remember our dreams fades after just 90 seconds from the point we wake up.
Make this a habit and you’ll start remembering your dreams more and more every morning. It’s like a muscle, the more you do this simple exercise the stronger your dream recall muscles will get. I promise those floodgates will open and you will be pleasantly surprised (Dare I say SHOCKED) at how much of a crazy life you’ve been living at night.
Being able to not only remember but understand your dreams will bring clarity to your life. You will develop a much deeper understanding of yourself, your behavior and of the world and the people around you. Problems and difficulties can be solved with confidence and ease. That’s why when we have a tough issue to figure out we say, “let me sleep on it.” What we’re really saying is, “Let me Dream On It!” Grab your copy of my latest book Dream On It today and understand your dreams like never before!
“I love Dream On It! I have referred to it for a different reason every single day since I got it. It’s been very eye-opening and all the girls in my office want to borrow it. I love how Lauri writes and breaks everything down into simple terms.” – Heather, Wichita, KS