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1.3. How can I increase my dream recall?




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This article is from the Dreaming FAQ, by "Lars Rune Foleide" larsrune@sf.telia.no .

1.3. How can I increase my dream recall?

Some people remember every dream they have; others can't remember any
dream. But with the right techniques and enough practice virtually
everyone can remember their dreams. The first step is paying attention
to your dreams. Think about them. Write them down. Talk about
them. Discuss them. Your best recall is when you wake up. So you
should write them down or record them with a tape recorder right after
you wake up. But spend some time recalling as many dreams and details
you can before you start writing them down. Alarm clocks are
dream-killers, so stop using them if you want to retain dreams. If you
wake up naturally will you most likely wake up from REM sleep. So you
should get to bed early so that you don't have to use an alarm
clock. You can still set the alarm clock, but make sure you have
gotten to bed so early that you wake up before the alarm clock goes
off. Sleeping longer will also make you dream more. You will almost
literally have continual REM sleep after 8-9 hours. If you sleep 9
hours are you almost bound to remember at least one dream. Waking up
several times during the night may increase dream recall and possibly
induce Lucid Dreams (see my Lucid Dreaming FAQ). Since dreaming has a
lot to do with learning and memory should you try new activities and
learn new things. This will increase dreaming and thereby dream
recall. Drugs, food and herbs may also affect your dream recall. And
as usual the power of suggestion is extremely powerful, so you should
state, aloud if you want, your intention to recall your dreams. Here
is also where hypnosis may enter the picture. Listening to hypnotic
tapes may help a lot.


 

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