You can learn to remember your dreams, remember them in more detail, or even lucid dream (discussed on another page within this site)
as long as you are dedicated and take the time to establish a habit of keeping up with the below suggestions. Once a habit of intention to remember your dreams is established over time, the importance is implanted on your subconscious mind (just like any habit) and your
subconscious mind will nudge you with memories of your intention to remember your dreams over & over again until finally you do. It can take some time if you are so mired in physical life that you never, ever even think about your spiritual self or your dreams.
If you are always bounding out of bed without a second thought about what you might have dreamt last night, this negates the importance of your dreams.
Over the years, your subconscious mind takes you at your word and decides dreams are not something your conscious mind cares to know about...but while you are
asleep it is much different. We *all* dream. We have to, in order to survive.
The subconscious mind nudges or reminds you to do a habit just as it will to remind you to have a caffeine hit (Time for coffee! Time for a cola!), a cigarette, chocolate, chips or any other assortment of habits you may have, good or bad. It nudges you to feel guilty for not calling Mom when you said you would. It nudges you that it's time to feed the cat (of course the cat helps out when it plants itself in your face as a helpful reminder).
You can make your subconscious mind work with you instead of against you in this way, by making a conscious effort not to give in to old bad habits and create new, more helpful habits that fall in line with what you want to accomplish. If you have a bit of the lazybones in you or wish to overcome any bad habit, you can conquer it with this method I read about from a great book entitled "Mastering Your Hidden Self : A Guide to the Huna Way" by Serge King. Incidentally, if you have a bad habit you want to quit but haven't been able to no matter how hard you tried, try this book and concentrate on the section that describes how the subconscious mind works, and see how much easier it is to control your bad habit. I mention all this because many people have written to me saying they try but cannot remember their dreams.
Now, on to some helpful tips that will help you to remember your dreams.
Keep a spiral notepad, pen & small flashlight right by your bed. Write tonight's date on a blank page, to imprint on your subconscious mind that you intend to remember your dreams. If you awaken during the night with a dream memory, you can use the flashlight to write by so you don't become completely awake. Even writing a couple key words can help jog your memory in the morning. An alternative is to use a small cassette recorder to record your dreams, kept at the bedside.
In the morning before you get out of bed, take the time to think about any dreams that are still in your thoughts before you get busy with the day, and write them in your dream journal. Try repositioning yourself into various sleeping positions, and you may suddenly remember a dream. Ever forget a dream all day, only to remember it as soon as your head hits the pillow that night? I don't know WHY this works, but it does!
Don't forget to log even single dream images, or snippets. You may be frustrated when you can't remember an entire dream, but realize that single images can be much more important...your subconscious mind wants you to take special notice of these messages. This goes for words or phrases that you remember, also. Oftentimes they will be off-kilter in some way, causing you to puzzle over it during the day. Why? So you'll puzzle over it during the day! Thinking about it will help you decipher the message. Alot of people are driven to sites like this one, trying to figure out why in the heck they are dreaming about teeth falling out every blasted night! Once they find out why and take steps to deal with the issue, they no longer have this recurring dream. That is one reason why learning how to interpret your own dreams can be such a helpful tool for you to use during your lifetime.
Right before you fall asleep, remind yourself that you want to remember your dreams tonight. Think about current challenges that you would like added insight into, and tell yourself that you will dream of solutions. Also, read books about dreams before you turn off the light, and this will keep the thought of dreams foremost in your mind, and promote remembering. If you pray or meditate, ask for guidance via your dreams. It is said that dreams are the language of the soul...I believe there is even a book with that quote in the title.
When you suddenly remember a dream during the day, make special note of what you were doing, who you were talking with and what about, and the feelings associated with the subject. Keep a small notepad handy for these remembrances, and write them down with your dream notes. These offer clues as to what the dream may mean to you. For example, if you are at work and your boss is chewing you out about something when you suddenly remember a dream you had last night that was about being covered with manure from a big dump truck driven by your boss, then this may clue you in to the dream's meaning. Once you become more proficient with interpreting your dreams, you should start to lucid dream. Once you have had a truly lucid dream, you will reach a new heightened sense of spiritual awareness and will never be the same! You'll realize that there truly is 'more' to life than just our physical existence. Lucid dreams are fascinating, and I hope you don't give up the chance to find out more. I talk about lucid dreaming later on in this webpage, and there are also links on the subject.
Here's a link to a huge resource on sleep disorders put together by
SLEEP DISORDER RESOURCES
Here is an A-Z by State listing of Sleep Disorder Clinics: