How to Keep a Dream Journal: Tips & Examples

What is a Dream Journal?

A dream journal is a diary which records one’s dream experiences. A dream diary might include a record or personal reflection, the scenes that were seen and experienced in their dreams and waking up experience.

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Benefits of keeping a dream journal

Keeping a dream journal helps you to understand about your dream and by extension yourself. Record your dreams on a regular basis and track the themes and patterns over time.

1. It helps you to remember your dreams are about and improve your memory

Dreams are very short-lived. The longer time has passed since you woke up from a dream, the more difficult it will be for you to recall what the dream was about. When you write your dream as soon as you wake up, it will be easier to remember what they were about. Recalling dreams also serves to improve your memory.

2. You get to understand yourself better

Your subconscious mind is largely untapped, yet it contains information related to us. When you dream, you’ll be able to discover secret gems that you never thought existed. Once you begin journaling, if you work on what you discovered, you’ll transform into a better version of you.

3. It helps you understand your emotions and thoughts

Having a positive dream the night before may help you waking up feeling happy and optimistic. While waking up from a nightmare may make your day sad the next day. By chronicling your dreams, you will be abke to understand why you feel the way that you do each day.

4. It can helps to induce lucid dreaming.

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Lucid dream is a dream in which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. People get attracted to lucid dream because they are able to do things they never could do in the reality. For a successful dream recalling, a dream journal is a must-have!

5. It can help you to improve your problem-solving skills.

Studies show that we are more intelligent when our minds are well rested. Our mind puts together puzzles in our subconscious mind while we are asleep in our dream. When we keep a dream journal, it gives us a better insight and understanding of solving hurdles in our life.

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How to write a dream journal?

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1. Sleep with an intention to remember

If you don’t usually remember your dreams, you need to tell your subconscious self to remember them. You can write it in your own words somewhere, such as on your journal software. When you wake up the next day, think about what happened in your dream and tell yourself not to let the dream drift away from your memory.

2. Calm down

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Waking up from a dream could felt nauseous for some, and waking up from an intense dream might make your heart race when you just woke up. So calm down, take a deep breath before you start writing.

3. Recall and pen down the scenes that were in the dream

Before you forget what happened in the dream, record it in detail on the scenes that you have experienced. Some of which could be your thoughts on the event, your emotions and reaction to the occurrence, the activities that happened and/or anything that you find unique and interesting that you felt that you need to remember.

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