A very good method to retain your dreams in
order to have a better interpretation is to keep a dream journal.
You should always have a notebook by your bedside and take notes
about what you remember as soon as you wake up. Note the key
symbols, and the emotions you felt more strongly. Analyzing several
dreams occurring in a period of time may show a pattern and can help
provide a better interpretation. Always keep in mind that a symbol
does not represent the same thing for everyone. Look inside yourself
to discover what each symbol represents to you.
In order to remember your dreams you don't
need to possess any special abilities. Tip number 1 is to learn to
wake up slowly. Lie in bed for a while, keeping your eyes closed and
try to remember your dream. To help remember your dreams ask
yourself a few questions:
- How did I feel when I woke up after this
dream? Was I happy, frustrated, afraid, pleased?
- Did the dream somehow relate to a real life
situation I was in?
- Could this dream alert me about a problem
that I might have?
- Is this dream trying to say
something to me?
Could this dream be a message from God or
If you want to dream about something in particular try setting your
mind on it right before you go to sleep.
States of Consciousness
States of consciousness refer to mental state at a certain time and
are associated with the frequency of brainwaves.
- Beta State: In this state, we are alert to
the events that happen in the dream. We have normal waking
consciousness and we are fully aware of the environment
surrounding us. The frequency of Beta waves is between 14 and 30
- Alpha State: A state where there isn't a
particular thing in the dream that requires your full
concentration. You are feeling relaxed and this state is often
connected to calm, lucid mental states. The frequency of Alpha
waves is between 9 and 13 Hz.
- Theta State: State of deep relaxation,
where creative insights and vivid imagery may burst. The frequency
of Theta waves is between 4 and 8 Hz.
- Delta State: This state is found during
deep dreamless sleep, and is the slowest brainwave activity. The
frequency of Delta waves is between 1 and 3 Hz.
During our sleep we go through different
stages. What you might not know is that dreams are in fact a small
part of our sleeping time. Non REM sleep makes up about 80% and REM
sleep 20% of the time we are asleep.
- Stage 1: Transiting from wakefulness to
sleep. The brain is producing alpha waves as we are transiting.
This stage takes about 7 minutes.
- Stage 2: Muscle tension, respiration and
heart rate gradually decline.
- Stage 3: We go into deeper and deeper
sleep. The brain starts producing Delta waves.
- Stage 4: The brain continues producing
Delta waves. This is the deepest state of sleep.
- Stage 5: Rapid Eye Movement (REM). The
brain produces high frequency beta waves. At this stage heart
rate, oxygen consumption, breathing and eye movement are the same
as when awake, the only thing lost is muscular tension in the neck
and limbs. It takes anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to go from
stage 2 to stage 5.
This cycle is repeated about 5-6 times each night.
Facts about Dreams
- Dreams can diagnose the causes of our
problems and point out the feelings and desires we tried to
- Symbols and images in dreams do not
represent the same thing for every person. The symbols are best
interpreted by the dreamer when associated with personal
- Most people dream in color.
- The most common setting for a dream is
indoors and not outdoors.
- We dream approximately 5 to 6 times a
- One third of our lives is spent sleeping.
- People who are giving up smoking have
longer and more intense dreams.
- If you are snoring, then you cannot be
- Nightmares are common in children,
beginning at around the age of 3 and occurring up to 8 years old.
- Studies have shown that if we actively try
to suppress a subject, we're more likely to dream about it than if
we were to focus our thoughts on it. Suppressed thoughts resurface
in dreams because the prefrontal cortex, the area responsible for
mental control, is less active during sleep.
- Dreams do not occur exclusively during REM
sleep. It is possible to dream during a short nap or at any time
during the night.
- Lucid dreams occur when you realize that you are in a
dream while you are still dreaming. The dream might be interrupted
as soon as you realize it. Sometimes a dreamer can manage to
interfere with the dreamís normal course while being lucid. In order
to find out if you're dreaming or not, try to use simple reality
checks. Ask yourself directly "Am I dreaming?"
- Daydreaming is in fact a very common
phenomenon that takes an average of 70-120 minutes a day. It occurs
during our waking hours when we let our imagination carry us away.
- Nightmares may occur because we have ignored
or refused to accept a particular life situation. They are sometimes
trying to alert us to certain issues.
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