Are you a dreamer? Do you wake up in a state of emotions only to feel relief as you realise that what you just experienced was in fact only a dream? Do you have pleasant dreams? Or do you just not remember them altogether?
Some of us don’t. There are some people who actually cannot remember their dreams, no matter how hard they might try to. Then there are some people who wake up in total confusion trying to figure out what last night’s dream actually meant. Because, let’s be honest, they can be a bit weird and random at times!
People dream more frequently during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep, which usually takes place during the second half of our night’s sleep. It is thought that as a result of this, we may still be dreaming when we are woken by our morning alarms. Being woken by an alarm causes a spike in our noradrenaline levels, part of our neurochemistry – when our noradrenaline levels are high, we more often than not forget our dreams.
Some of us begin to dream as soon as our brains begin their slow shut down for the night, this is usually around 15-20 minutes long and occurs once we are settled down in bed and our eyes are closed. However, those of us who do not experience this stage, and who fall asleep almost instantly, do this because they are deprived of sleep. If you find yourself falling asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, you may well be not getting enough shut eye!
It can be annoying though, can’t it? We wake up and know we were dreaming but just cannot quite remember what it was about, or, sometimes, something during the day will prompt our memory and our dream will randomly come back to us. There are, however, a few tips to help us remember our dreams…
Body Clock Consistency – keeping a consistent body clock really does help with our sleep stages and patterns. Going to bed at the same time each night will often result in our body waking up at the same time each morning, often before our alarm. This natural way of waking up helps our brains to remember what we were dreaming about.
Power Down – yep, powering down our body is a great way to ensure a peaceful and refreshing nights sleep. An hour before bed take time to fully relax, this doesn’t include playing on phones or tablets! – instead, try reading a few pages from a book followed by some mediation with relaxing music.
Power Up – just like we power down, powering up is important too. Upon waking, don’t just jump straight out of bed (unless you’re extremely late of course!), instead, we should allow our body and brain to slowly wake up, during this state of ‘drifting’ trying to recall our dreams is often much more successful.
So, if you would like to remember more of your dreams then try out the above and see if the tips work for you! For those people who suffer nightmares or traumatic sleep, help can often be sought from a GP.