If You Can’t Remember Your Dreams, There’s A Weird Scientific Hack But It’s Actually Kind Of Scary
It is seriously frustrating to know you had an epic dream that made you feel happy and secure, but not to be able to remember why, or where you were, or who was in it. It’s equally annoying when you know you had a terrifying dream, but it’s all totally elusive the second you wake up. Many believe that dreams reveal what’s going on in our subconscious, so why is that sometimes you can’t remember your dreams? It really would be nice to have some recall as to what’s going on inside us. But the good news is, there’s an easy step you can take to start remembering them.
Everyone dreams every night, from ten minutes up to an hour, according to the Lucidity Institute. In fact, most of us actually have multiple dreams during eight hours or so of sleep, with the most vivid dreams happening during the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep, according to expert and author of Why We Sleep: Unlocking The Power Of Sleep And Dreams, Professor Matthew Walker. REM is one of the cycles we sleep in, and is our deepest point of sleep. Dr. Walker described dreams as “overnight therapy” to Business Insider, saying “it’s during dream sleep where we start to actually take the sting out of difficult, even traumatic, emotional experiences that we’ve been having”. Think of it as a sort of healing, cathartic process that can lead to a sense of clarity.