l dream every single night, and it really can be downright pleasurable to remember the often unique and amazing experiences I have every night.
However, it didn't use to be like this, and in fact, I use to believe that I didn't even dream!
So what changed? A lot, I must say. Here are some changes I've made that I believe contribute to me remembering my dreams better.
Firstly, it helps to wake with the sun and go to bed relatively early, and get your 6-8 hours of sleep. This means getting in tune with your circadian
rhythm, or your bodies natural, built in clock. I know this may not be practical for many of you due to work, but just know that you are working
against nature if your sleeping during the day and working or partying all night. The closer you can get to this natural sleep and wake cycle humans
were designed to live by, the more efficient your pineal gland will produce melatonin, which is the hormone responsible for deep sleep, and
dreaming. I use to sleep in all the time and hardly considered my self a morning person; now I am up at 5 AM everyday, naturally, without an alarm
clock! Of course, I am also in bed fairly early as well around 9 PM.
Which brings me to my next point; humans use to not stay up too late once the sun set, due to the simple fact that light was scarce and it was
actually quite dangerous to roam around once the sun set. Now, however, artificial lights rule, and it's a whole different ballgame. Artificial
lights of any kind, including blue light emitted from phones and tablets, car headlights, city lights, etc., cause the bodies circadian rhythm to get
thrown off its rocker, as any light causes the pineal gland to think it's still day time, thus inhibiting the release of melatonin.
'The widespread use of artificial lighting, for example, has heavily disrupted the natural daily light-dark cycle in a way that is far from
innocuous. Continuous exposure to light is regarded as a risk factor for frailty, with a number of studies supporting the idea that this disruption in
our circadian rhythms can have a significant impact on
With this in mind, once the sun goes down, I limit my exposure to artificial light. If you can, use candles instead of lights, turn the brightness
turn down on your phones, put water bottles or something over light bulbs so the lights not so bright, stuff like this. Also, one of the best things
I have purchased lately is a pair of computer glasses, made to filter out the blue light from computers so its not as bad for your eyes. Yes, they
look really goofy, but I swear that ever since I started wearing these at night I dream much more intense, and I really think these glasses play a
small part in that!
Ok, so we got the regular sleep schedule and limiting lights, so whats next? Reducing or completely eliminating your intake of drugs will almost
guarantee that you sleep better, and hence make you dream more. I'm not just talking about the hard drugs, but the stuff that you may not even be
aware of, like the caffeine in your soft drink, or the glass of wine that your having for dinner. Me personally, I don't drink any caffeine past the
morning hours, and don't drink or smoke at all. I use to smoke a lot of weed back then, however, and I never remembered my dreams back then. After
some research, I discovered that marijuana actually reduces your REM sleep at night, which is the stage of sleep that dreams occur in.
Upon quitting marijuana, a REM rebound occurs, and intense dreams and deep sleep can occur after one quits.
So if you want to start remembering your dreams everynight, quit or begin to limit your use of drugs throughout the day! Lifes better without them
Also, I don't eat anything a minimum of 2 hours before falling asleep, and I believe this also plays a role in how one dreams, as if you fall asleep
digesting food, this takes away energy from your brain that could be used in devising creative dreamscapes (it's a fact that digesting food is one of
the most energy consuming functions of the human body). While I don't fall asleep starving, I certainly don't fall asleep on a full stomach neither,
as lunch is usually by biggest meal and my "dinner" sometimes is nothing more than a snack like dried fruits and nuts. I use to always eat late
night snacks and big dinners, and never remember my dreams, but now with this semi intermittent fasting diet I have taken up, I truly believe that me
dreaming more can be attributed to my stomach not being burdened with a heavy load at night. It takes a little getting used too, too fall asleep semi
hungry, and it was tough at first, but now I wouldn't have it any other way, and every morning I am refreshed and energized by my escapades that
occurred in my dream land.
Lastly, keep a dream journal, and write your dreams down every morning! Even if it's just small details, like a person you saw or an activity you
were partaking in, but the more detailed you can be, the better. Later on, reading these journal posts is like a gateway to your subconscious wants,
needs, and desires, and it really is one of the most important things you can do for improving dream recollection, and eventually to having lucid
dreams. Not to mention it can be downright fun to read your own story, especially after months have passed and you have completely forgotten about
some dreams and, after reading over your journal, you stop and think "dang, I really dreamed of THAT?". One additional benefit of journaling is that
it has taught me that the most interesting, fascinating story in the world is YOUR OWN. And by writing down your dreams daily, you are creating the
most interesting book you could ever read.
If your not remembering your dreams every night, you truly are missing out on crucial information being revealed to you by your higher self. Follow
these steps outlined here and I promise you will be on your way to remembering, and possibly even becoming lucid, in your dreams!