Dreams are important. They help us to relieve stress, rest the brain and calm the soul. Dreams help us to work through problems that are worrying us. Loved ones from heaven also visit us in dreams and sometimes we have amazing breakthroughs and revelations in dreams. Stephanie Meyer dreamed the whole book of Twilight and quickly wrote it down. Paul McCartney dreamed the melody to “Yesterday.” He played it for a friend the next day and said, “Do you know this? It’s a good little tune, but I couldn’t have written it because I dreamt it.” Even nightmares can be helpful. Edgar Allen Poe said several of his short stories were inspired by his own nightmares. If you aren’t remembering your dreams, though, you aren’t tapping into this rich land of connectivity. However, there are four simple things you can do to begin remembering your dreams tonight.
Take a Hot Bath
When your body heats up and then cools off, this makes you more tired and very relaxed. A hot bath before bed also helps you to unwind and hit the REM stage faster which is the sleep cycle in which dreams occur.
Eat a Banana
Vitamin B-6 – found in foods such as bananas, spinach, eggs and nuts – helps us to remember our dreams. Vitamin B-6 converts tryptophan into serotonin which helps us to have more vivid dreams. Studies also show that eating any fruit before bed will help you remember your dreams. Fruit helps keep the central nervous system active while your muscles sleep.
If you drink a glass of water before bed, most likely you will wake up during your REM cycle to use the bathroom. Dreams occur only during the REM cycle, so if you awake in the middle of it, you are more likely to remember your dreams.
Write it Down
If you record your dreams, you will begin to remember them more vividly. Keep a journal by your bed and write down everything you remember the minute you wake up. If you’re worried about something, write down a question such as “When will I find a job?” and put it under your pillow. Within three nights, you should dream a solution.
Make it Work
Studies show we have 4 – 5 dreams a night. The average person only remembers one or two. But if you try these techniques, you will remember your dreams. Our dreams connect us to our truest self and help us to unlock our desires and destiny. As Carl Jung said, “Until your make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”