There is one main difference between vivid dreams and non-vivid dreams...and that is how much you remember. A dream isn’t necessarily remembered because it’s vivid, it’s usually vivid because it’s remembered.
We all dreams several times a night and most, if not all, of them are usually forgotten. What we do remember is usually just dream residue, vague and incomplete. Most the experience slips from our memory within seconds of getting out of bed.
How can you hold onto your dreams and remember them more vividly? Let's discover when we dream during the night and find out how to easily, yet dramatically, improve our recall.
Most of our dreaming takes place during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. During this phase, our bodies experience increases in breathing, heart rate, and brain activity. REM cycles typically occur every 90 mins during a normal sleep cycle and are longest in duration during the second half of the night.
Simply knowing that you have most of your dreams during the early morning hours can help you become more aware of your dreams.
Dream recall isn't about having a better memory. It's about being more aware of when you wake up from a dream and having the willpower to write it down. Here are 5 easy steps for dramatically improving your dream recall:
Tell yourself that you will write down your dreams every day for two weeks. Before you start, note how many dreams you typically remember each week, month, etc. This is your baseline.
Now choose a goal to aim for: "I will remember ____ dreams this month."
When I first started writing down my dreams, I wasn't really all that excited about it. I stuck with it for a month and increased my recall from 1-3 dreams per month to remembering at least 3 dreams every night! All I did was follow the steps above. Anyone can do it.
Having a vivid dream is all about what you can remember. By learning how to develop your recall ability, you will soon be able to remember most of your dreams every night. At that point, you might want to consider trying to learn how to have lucid dreams as well!