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      Dream recall struggles

      Hey all, im having a very low period with my dream recall. I was reading through my journal and a month ago i was recalling four to seven dreams a night. The past two nights I've recalled just one fragment.

      I wake up at the end of my REM cycles with micro-wbtb and do about 5-6 of these a night. A month ago, I would recall dreams at the end of each phase but now its more of the dream memory vanishing as I wake up. Is there anything I can do to get my recall back to where it was? How do i recall my dreams again?

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      I believe the stress of not being able to recall your dreams is what's killing your dream recall. Try to relax upon recalling the dream. Don't aim for perfection; just recall what you can.
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      Thanks, i figured this was the case too and I recalled three dreams last nigh0 despite like seven or eight awakenings in the night and hope to continue to improve tomorrow and get that dream recall back. I want to get back to my five long dreams a night and feel for the first time last night worked out well. Dream recall is really about peaks and valleys. last night was really what i needed to get it back, i feel the valleys come after peaks where you get in a good groove and almost forget that recall is something that consistently needs to be practiced.
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      Do you guys find that you usually recall a dream upon each awakening? I feel it would be possible and this could boost me to 6+ dreams a night. Just wondering

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      i have a problem with my recall too. i never remember my dreams at all, maybe 1 or 2 fragments every week. T_T i also dont remember waking up during the night. i need to work on my recall but i dont really know how

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      Hey there,

      For myself, over the years I've experienced that it's quite normal to go through ups and downs on my dreamrecall. Some nights I remember a dozen dreams, some none at all. Sometimes I have entire periods where my recall seems super sharp, and days or weeks on end when recall seems to be waning.

      I've learned the main thing is not to worry about it too much, and just focus on what I can remember. Sometimes it's multiple dream at once after a single awakening, sometimes its just an abstract fragment ("I think there was a dog in my dream somewhere... may have been a cat, not sure").

      Some things that help me when I'm struggling with dream recall:

      a) See if there's something that immediately pulls my attention when I wake up. Could be work, could be a new movie I'm excited about, or some event that's happening in the near future. If there's something that I find myself thinking about as soon as I wake up, I find that it can make it difficult to remember dreams.

      b) Do not rush it. Sometimes I can think I'm not remember anything, but after just waiting a minute or so, trying not too much to start thinking about other things but just keeping my mind as blank as I can, the dream recall suddenly comes. Just because I don't remember something within the first ten seconds doesn't mean I won't.

      c) If nothing comes, go over regular dream elements. I just think of things I dream about regularly (places, people, animals, events) and see if any of these trigger a recollection. Sometimes they trigger a memory of a dream directly, sometimes they trigger it by assocation, but that often helps (also, it keeps my thoughts from wandering to non-dream things in the meantime).

      d) When all else fails, do not stress over it. There'll be plenty, plenty more chances

      Hope that helps,

      -Redrivertears-
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      even before i ever started etting into lucid dreaming my recall was always poor. i would remember maybe 1 dream every few months. now i started tryna do lucid dreams its improved but it still sucks so much.

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      Well i thougth i should reply since its been about a month since ive started this thread. Obviously when i wrote this i was in a down cycle but now realize the natural ebb and flow of dream recall leads to some periods where you recall less dreams than others. Since making this thread ive built up a healthy dream recall again and have had about a lucid dream every week and had back to back lucids last night and the night before for the first time. For those struggling like i did, just remember persistence is key. Keep going, dont quit, and it WILL come. Trust yourself.
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