Dream recall becomes easier when we Understand that dreams are an enormously original source of insight; an expression of human super senses!
Intention. Attention. No tension.
I have compiled a list of suggestions that will help you get started remembering more of your dreams.
Give the unconscious the message by repeating positive affirmations of dream recall during the day. Like: "I remember my dreams and I write them down." Use this especially at night before going to bed. What makes affirmations work is the feeling behind the words.
Value dreams enough to get plenty of sleep. Settle down by doing relaxing things before bed. Make your dream life important.
Don't eat or drink anything for a couple of hours before sleeping (except for water). Sleeping pills, tranquilizers, alcohol also inhibit dream recall since sleep is not natural and the dreaming dynamic is disturbed.
Learn to wake up during the night. Drink a half glass of water before bed; set the other half near your bed.
Keep a reminder near your bed of the threshold, the mystical time, between waking and sleeping. This could be an amulet, a photo, etc. Look at it or touch it as you go to bed. Lie motionless for a few minutes with eyes closed when you awake. Lying in your most common sleep position may help also. Write down the dream immediately in present tense! Keep a pen and a simple 3-hole notebook by your bed. Writing with lights off and eyes closed can keep the dream vivid. Use the other thumb as a guide and leave spaces between lines to write in additional recall or symbol meanings. Remember to write down your feelings each time. Typing them into a Word document shows you value them. Title and date your dreams after writing them for easier identification.Date your spiral notebook for the next day before going to bed.
Read a few pages about dreams from a book or from your own dream journal just before going to bed.
If no dream presents itself on waking, just make another suggestion of dream recall and be tender with the process.
Write down what you remember immediately even if not in logical sequence. Maybe it's the end of the dream. Just ask, "What came before?"
Dream fragments are highly “edited” dreams. Write them down and give them the same attention.
Write something in your dream journal every time you wake up. At first, if no dream is recalled, simply write down how you are feeling and any impressions that come to you.
Try to wake up without an alarm and allow time to linger in bed for a while. Mentally tell yourself at night, "I want to get up at 6:30." Practice doing this and you won't need an alarm. (Until you learn, you can set your radio to a soft music station for 30 minutes past the desired time as a precaution.)
Consistent prayer and/or meditation sensitizes us to aspects of our inner life, including dreams.
Dream discussion with others stimulates you to remember dreams.