A dream diary, also called dream journal, is a diary in which you can write down your dreams. Dream diaries are very helpful in studying dreams and psychology.
Everyone dreams and this is one of the most mysterious and fascinating phenomena of the human subconscious mind. Sometimes, people do not remember their dreams or could only remember some pieces.
Many people are interested in knowing more about dreams and their meanings. Keeping a record by writing it down in a dream diary is the best way to do so, as you will be able to pull out some important themes or symbols.
Why Do We Need a Dream Diary?
During sleep, the human mind works like a computer, processing the numerous thoughts and images created by the subconscious mind. Writing down your dreams can bring a solution to an abstract problem you would otherwise miss when awake.
Moreover, writing down a dream every morning proves to have a calming and restorative impact on the human mind.
In ancient times, people used to believe that dreams are messages from God. As such, they used to keep a record of their dreams to find out the hidden messages by studying and decoding them through the signs and symbols of the dream.
The best way to start a dream diary is to keep a notepad next to your bed. Upon waking, just note down the dream you had last night and even if you don’t remember the full dream, and try to join the ends.
Some Tips to Maintain
Here are some tips that you can use to maintain a dream diary.
- Write down the dream as soon as you wake up as this will help to recall your dreams faster. Keep writing the main keywords or images you remember and write down every detail, no matter how weird it is.
- Look for recurring details in your dreams and try to find their meanings. If something is recurring in many dreams, it may be an indication that an important will surface in the coming future.
- Sometimes, it is beneficial and important to keep a record of the pattern of sleep in the journal. Indeed, the condition in which you sleep also makes a significant impact on the dreaming process.
- Take your time while writing a dream and do not pay attention to mistakes. Do not worry if some aspects of the dreams are fragmentary. Just write them as best as you can because they can be of great significance when you look at them.