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Why can't I remember ANY of my dreams?

Although many people have asked this question, i didn’t find a solution in the answers they got.
Some people said u should have a pen and paper ready to write ur dreams the second u wake up. The problem is, the second I wake up, I don’t remember anything, as if I didn’t have any dreams. But i’m sure at least sometimes I dream, and still don’t remember.
I heard that some people remember their dreams right after they wake up because their subconscious mind is still awake. Is it possible that MY subconscious mind goes inactive the very moment I wake up?
By the way, Aviator1013 – thanks for reminding me… Sometimes I DO remember dreams from a nap during the day. Not when I get a lot of sleep, though.


  1. person who cannot dream is unable to produce differentiable conscious and unconscious experience and, as a result, lives in a psychic state in which he is unable to differentiate waking from sleeping, dreaming from perceiving.

  2. 10 Reasons Why We Don’t Remember Our Dreams
    1. Dreams come to us in a jumbled, non-linear form which is not the way we are used to thinking. These confusing images make it difficult to relate the dream (even to ourselves) in a chronological and coherent fashion.
    2. Our culture doesn’t honor the dream as valuable information or take it seriously. Most people assume dreams are meaningless and see exploring them as superstitious or worse.
    3. People don’t pay much attention to us when we want to tell our dreams. They shrug them off and don’t ask us to elaborate on the details, nor do they question what meanings the dream might hold.
    4. We are often embarrassed or repulsed by the content of our dreams so we often don’t really want to remember them. Wanting to remember is frequently a prerequisite to remembering. Attending to our dreams immediately increases recall.
    5. We are afraid others will think we are crazy or weird because of the dreams we have.
    6. Our nightmares frighten us and make us wonder if we are mentally disturbed or potentially dangerous.
    7. Most dreams are not emotionally charged or terrifying so we are more likely to sleep through them without waking up. Rather, we remember the ones which are unpleasant and frightening and then dismiss them from our minds because they are so unpleasant.
    8. On awakening, we begin our daily responsibilities immediately rather than waking up slowly with time to think out what was on our minds. Dreams and nightmares are elusive and disappear on awakening if we don’t make an effort to remember them.
    9. Some myths about dreams discourage us from exploring them.
    10. Our lives are so busy, few of us take time for contemplation of our dreams or private thoughts.
    1. Keep a notebook and pen at your bedside every night and during naps if you take them. This is especially true on your days off from work, when on vacation, or when away from home for any reason. People often have more dream recall when in a new or different sleep environment.
    2. Go to sleep with the conscious intention of remembering your dreams. Say aloud before going to sleep: “I will dream tonight and I will remember my dreams in the morning. I’ll write down my dream as soon as I wake up.” Imagine yourself writing down your dreams.
    3. Avoid using alarms or clock radios to wake. Try to stay in the same physical position in bed without jumping up.
    4. Avoid the use of alcohol and tranquilizers, both of which inhibit dreaming and dream recall. This is equally true of illegal and hallucinogenic drugs. Some medications such as anti-psychotics will also reduce dreaming, but others can cause nightmares. Consult your physician before discontinuing or reducing the dosage of any prescription drugs.
    5. Stay in bed a few minutes upon awakening and ask yourself what you were just thinking about. Where was I? What was just happening?
    6. Write down whatever comes to mind even if it seems completely senseless and bizarre. A short note is better than nothing at all. A fragment of a dream when recorded and reviewed will often bring back an entire dream. Dream fragments by themselves can be rich with information.
    7. While still in bed, go over the dream several times in your mind to memorize the events of the dream, no matter how bizarre or disturbing. The more disturbing or odd a dream is, the more important is the message to yourself.
    8. At your first opportunity, record the dream in its entirety on paper or by tape-recorder. Just record the dream without thoughts about its interpretation or analysis. Give as many details as possible.
    9. Drink a large amount of water before bedtime. When you wake up to urinate, try to capture what you were dreaming and make some notes. A few key words or phrases are often enough to help you recall your dream in the morning.
    10. Be patient and keep trying. The more you want to remember your dreams and the more you pay attention to the ones you have, the more dreams you’ll remember. When you have too many to record and work on, commit to working on at least one dream per week in detail.

  3. People have about 8 dreams a night and most people DONT remember anything when they wake up. I dont think it has anything to do with ur subconcious mind….
    for me personally, certain things trigger my thought and i remember my dreams, even one’s i had years ago…for example if someone says a certain word or if i smell something it triggers my memory of the dream.

  4. I am not sure how important to remember dreams. Very often, we dream we entered in the world of subconscious mind. We wake up, there are some memories left in our mind because those memories are important. Whether they are bad or good, they seem to tell us something. However, not remembering dream simply because they don’t seem important to us. I don’t think you should drive yourself crazy on how to figure out how to remember dreams.
    You will remember them if your dream means something


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