Blog #5: Research round 3

My research question for semester 2 was ” Why are dreams so hard to remember?” 

To answer my big question, I came up with 3 mini questions that would help further my research. For research round 3, my big question was “What can we do to remember dreams?” 

I have heard many people talk about how they wish they remembered their dream from the night before or that they would hope it would hope to witness it again as a dream and sometimes even in real life. I always found it interesting and so to sum up my semester 2 project, I chose to research about how we can remember our dreams better.

4 Ways to Remember Dreams - wikiHow

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The best ways to remember dreams include the following: 

  1. Maintaining a dream journal: This might seem like a self explanatory task but maintaining a dream journal is one of the best ways to remember out dreams for the future. The first 15 minutes after waking up are the best times to write down your dreams as they are the closest to your REM. If you wake up and directly move to different activities “leaving the dream state may leave you distracted with elements in the room”. This could cause you to mess up your writing and forget your dreams. (1)
  2. Avoiding alcohol or drugs right before bed: Many use sleeping pills as a way to get better sleep or wake up feeling fresher. In the moment you might feel as though the pill or the drinking is making you feel better but for remembering your dreams, it is not beneficial.  These substances often cause us to suffer from sleep conditions like insomnia which “has been linked to bad sleep quality”. Instead, try drinking lots of water before sleeping which leads me to my next point. (2)
  3. Drinking 2-3 glasses before bed: The logic behind drinking water before sleeping is not what you would normally expect. Drinking 2-3 glasses of water before sleeping is beneficial for remembering your dreams as it helps to make you want to use the bathroom at night. Wanting to wake up to use the bathroom at night will help you remember all the tiny dreams you had and would help you jot down points in your dream journal, This is not as helpful as it does affect your sleep patterns; however, once in a while, turning to these options when you really want to wake up knowing what you dreamt about isn’t a bad idea. (3)
  4. Having a balanced sleep schedule: As per the resources, “studies have also linked dreams to effective thinking, memory, and emotional processing” which helps us believe that sleeping earlier and having a steady pattern could result in us remembering our dreams better. Being able to sleep better at night, as mentioned in point 2, helps us wake up remembering our dreams because while sleeping, we spent more time in the REM phase. Deep sleep results in humans dreaming for longer periods of time resulting in remembering dreams. (4)
  5. “I want to remember my dreams”: Many dont believe that saying things out loud helps our brain process the information better and leads to us wanting to do that task more and more. Before going to sleep, repeating to yourselves “I want to remember my dream” can lead to your brain understanding how important it is to make this happen, putting it at the top of its priority list. Saying this before going to bed isnt you manifesting but rather chanting, to help you remember your dreams better. (5)

When I started this project, I was hoping to find some ways to remember my dreams and ended up finding multiple. Personally, the dream journal and finding a balanced sleep schedule did work the best for me. I realized that on the weekdays, when I wake up and sleep at the same time everyday, I do tend to remember my dreams better which I found very fascinating. Starting a dream journal, I say is the best ways to remember dreams as you always have them on paper and it helps your learn to express your feelings on a daily basis.


  1. Mission: Sleep – moona. (n.d.). Retrieved June 1, 2022, from
  2. How to remember your dreams – 5 helpful tips for dreams. (n.d.). Retrieved June 1, 2022, from
  3. How do dreams affect sleep quality? | sleep foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved June 2, 2022, from
  4. Dream Catcher: 10 tips to help you remember your dreams. (n.d.). Retrieved June 1, 2022, from
  5. 6 steps to help you remember your dreams – psychology Today. (n.d.). Retrieved June 2, 2022, from
  6. 4 ways to remember dreams – wikihow. (n.d.). Retrieved June 3, 2022, from

I hope you enjoyed helping me find the answer to the big question,” Why are dreams so hard to remember?”. I look forward to seeing you again soon! Thank you 🙂 

5 Replies to “Blog #5: Research round 3”

  1. Hey anannya!

    this was such an interesting blog post, and the 5 tips you talked about for remembering dreams sound so helpful! i also love how you made certain words bold, because it made it a lot easier to read. I have loved reading all your past blog posts during this project!!


  2. Hi Annanya,
    I really liked the topic you have chosen for the second semester and throughout your research. Dreams have always been a sort of mystery to me, since they can be full of past thoughts, memories or cravings that our brain seems to look at unconsciously and sometimes they can put me in such a good humor, except when i cant seem to remember them though, that’s stressful. Thank you so much for putting so much effort into this, now it makes sense why we cant remember them after all.
    Good job!

  3. Hi Anannya,

    Your topic is so fascinating! I never knew that saying “I want to remember my dream” out loud can help with actually remembering it! I really like how you bolded certain titles and phrases, which made the post easier to follow along with.

    Great work!

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