Recall your dreams
December 9, 2006 2:14am CST
Incubate an idea. Before you go to sleep, conciously think about a topic or a person you'd like to dream about. Keep track. Next to your bed, place a pad and a pen or tape recorder to record your dreams as soon as you wake up. Try to awaken naturally. without the help of an alarm clock. Wake up slowly. For the first moment after you awaken, lie still and keep your eyes closed, because your dream may be connected to your body position while you slept. Connect the dots. Try to make connections between your recalled dreams and recent events. Change the outcome. If you have recurring nightmares that make it difficult to sleep, try to change the endings. Visualize a change in the action to create a more positive outcome. Be patient. It may take days or weeks before you'll able to recall your dreams in detail. Dream memories are fragile and trying to recall all the plot twists and turns on consecutive nights seems to have a cumulative effect.