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TAG_One
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Apr, 2006  Reply with quote

Maybe my lack of dream recall is due to anxiety about school. Almost all of the dreams I can remember feature school in some way and involve me forgeting ot losing something important. I also seem to remember more dreams during the holidays too.

I hope that your dream recall improves soon Cynster and I feel sorry for you losing your dad.


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PostPosted: Fri 28 Apr, 2006  Reply with quote

I have been practicing dr and ld about a week and a half now, and in the begining my dream recall was excellent. However, the past few days my DR has been weird. I will have absolutely no recollection of any sort of dream when i wake up, but the afternoon (about 9-10 hours) after i will remember quiet a few things from the night before. I'm glad that i still remember a few things, but anyone have any tips on how to have a more detailed recollection when i first wake up (I do just about everything that you have mentioned).

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Apr, 2006  Reply with quote

Well, I haven't read this thread since I can recall my dreams alright, but I'll answer you anyway Count.
I don't have any tips except to be patient. That you think dreams are important is probably imbedded in your subconscious by now. So if you try to remember your dreams, even if it's just a 'feeling' you woke up with, it will probably just take time. Be patient.
About a year ago I couldn't remember any dreams. I stopped [utting in alot of effort after about a month, but then I noticed that I slowly started to remember them without even realizing it. Now i remember at least one dream a night.
Don't worry count - you'll remember in time.

I was thinking that recall might actually help with LDing, not just to remember when you have one, but actually help you to be more conscious during dreams. See, if you aren't conscious during the dream, then why would it be in your conscious memory? May be why ppl remember LDs better than NDs. Although I don't really know about the science behind this, it was just an interesting idea I had.
Any thoughts?


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PostPosted: Fri 28 Apr, 2006  Reply with quote

welcome CountDonoho introduce yourself in the "hi im new here topic" http://ld4all.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17991&start=3 0

there are several good methods for good recall, simply before going to bed set up the intent to remember your dreams when you wake up, write down quick phrases in your DJ and fill in details afterwards, and when your going to sleep at night reflect on your dreams from the previous night and see what else you remember about them.
those increased my recall by a lot, from fragments to full vivid dreams.


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PostPosted: Fri 28 Apr, 2006  Reply with quote

Thanks for the hug and condolences, BW and Tag. ^^

My recall is improving slowly but the best recall I have is still usually after my first sleep cycle of the night when I wake up naturally, usually to go to the bathroom.

My biggest problem now is the alarm in the morning intruding upon my dreams...I didn't used to have such a problem with the alarm in the past, so I need to re-conquer that one.


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PostPosted: Sat 29 Apr, 2006  Reply with quote

My mother used to say that if we pass our hand on our forehead after we wake up, we won't remember the dream... I guess that's true 'cause sometimes when i wake up and am remembering the dream, I pass my hand over my forehead (like something automatic) and forget about the dream i was just recalling... and then i don't remember them all over the day

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PostPosted: Sat 29 Apr, 2006  Reply with quote

I didn't know this. smile Anyway, it's adviced of not moving from the position in which you woke up in order to recall your dreams. If you don't move, you're unlikely to pass your hand over your forehead. wink

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PostPosted: Tue 02 May, 2006  Reply with quote

I don't know about the hand over the forehead thing, but I know I've read advice that says not to even open your eyes when you wake up if you want to remember your dreams. Well, gee, for me waking up is synonymous with opening my eyes! Isn't that usually what happens when you wake up, that you automatically open your eyes? Is not opening my eyes something I can train myself to do, just like training myself to LD (I wish)?

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PostPosted: Tue 02 May, 2006  Reply with quote

Yes Cynster. It can easily be done through autosuggestion (repeating a sentence before going to sleep). As for me, I didn't have to force myself not to open my eyes, cause in a certain way, suggesting myself of remembering my dreams sort of include this. When I woke up, the first thing I thought of was recalling my dreams, so I didn't move and I didn't open my eyes.

And you're right, I've heard a neurobiology conference recently and they said that something happened in your brain (I don't remember exactly what) when you opened your eyes, so that opening your eyes seems to be a bad thing if you want to recall dreams.


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PostPosted: Thu 04 May, 2006  Reply with quote

I'm lucky, my dream recall has always been pretty good. (2-5 dreams a night) Every couple of years, it seems to dwindle, so I restart my dream diary and it comes back that same night.

As for staying still upon waking, I find that I'm so eager to write it down so I don't forget anything, that I hop right up.

Hmmmm, maybe I should try staying in bed and seeing if more details come. There's the balance, if I get more details by staying bed, will it be more than I forget for not writing it down right away? :D


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PostPosted: Fri 05 May, 2006  Reply with quote

My recall was slooooowly returning, but the last 4-5 days in a row, nothing again. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Right after I wake up and all throughout the day I'll have a strong feeling of the last dream of the night but it just won't form into a memory, no matter what I try. I know I could try just not thinking about dreams at all for a while and then maybe, poof, my recall will miraculously return, but I hate to do that because I really like keeping a DJ to be a daily habit. sigh

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PostPosted: Fri 05 May, 2006  Reply with quote

Cynster, having the same problem. I DJ religiously and try to autosuggest recall before going to bed every night. I don't think I know the proper way to autosuggest, or something. I'm not sure.

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PostPosted: Fri 05 May, 2006  Reply with quote

You probably get this all the time, but have you tried setting your alarm 30 mins earlier? Try to wake you up DURING a dream (REM cycle), may have some luck.

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PostPosted: Fri 05 May, 2006  Reply with quote

Lucid_Mike, I don't wake up! :-P I can't wake up to an alarm clock. Period. I don't know how I'm going to live on my own when the time comes....I'll probably sleep for three days straight, then stay awake for a couple of weeks, and the process will repeat....I started another entire thread about this subject.

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PostPosted: Sat 06 May, 2006  Reply with quote

Help! I can't remember a single dream! huhuhu

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