Remember everyone dreams at least four times a night. People who say they never dream are really saying that they have forgotten their dream experience because every one has periods of REM (rapid eye movement) in sleep, which is when dreams come. Jung noted that: It is on the whole probable that we continually dream, but that consciousness makes such a noise that we do not hear it.
Suggestions for remembering:
- Always do something to value your dreams to ensure that recalling dreams is worth the effort
- Affirm to yourself that you will remember your dreams before you settle for sleep.
- Train yourself to wake without alarms or other devices, which change your awareness.
- Keep a dream journal, pen and light by your bed.
- Try using a recorder.
- Write anything that comes into your head whether it is the dream or something else, first thing upon waking, do not edit.
- If you wake up in the middle of your night grab your pen and book ~ don’t wait until morning, most likely it will be forgotten.
- Wake up half an hour earlier in the morning.
- Allow time upon waking to stay in and write the dream.
- Write down all dream fragments, not just whole or `big' dreams.
- Write quickly including as much detail as possible, do not edit.
- Don’t worry about the order.
This will become a habit over time, but allow time for it to form ~ don’t be hard on yourself if this takes a little time.