“But I don’t Dream!” Many people tell me. I tell them, “no, you really do”. They insist that they don’t. What they really mean is that they don’t remember their dreams.
All of us dream all night long. The most vivid dreams occur in the REM phases of sleep. Depending on the day and the person, we have between four and six REM phases, at intervals of about 90 minutes one from another. Each REM phase is longer than the previous one, the longest being the last one, which is the one that precedes our waking up. That’s why it’s is easier to remember a dream at that moment than in another, especially if you are a beginner dreamer.
In time, as you become a regular dreamer who pays attention and records your dreams, you’ll notice that your brain has a magic bell that rings to wake you up in the middle of the night, sometimes several times, without the need of hearing a sharp sound or the call of the toilet, to allow you record your dreams.
There is an interesting scientific study that proves that, if for any reason, you have one or several nights of disrupted sleep and decreased REM activity in which you won’t dream much, once your sleep and your REM activity get back to normal your brain will compensate and rebound, producing more dreams than usual, so your dream recall will also increase. Your brain wants you to dream!
Factors that Favour Dream Recall.
So which factors favour dream recall? These are your family environment, your attitude towards your dreams, the things that you do before you go to bed and those you do upon waking up. Let’s examine them in more detail.