ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What Did You Dream About Last Night? Tips to Remember Your Dreams

Updated on November 25, 2018

Dreams are still a mystery for scientists .

Many experiments were carried out and many theories were posed, but scientists still do not fully understand how and why we dream.

The thing is further complicated by the fact that all people dream, but some of them generally do not remember their dreams.

Progress in studying the functioning of the human brain and recent psychological studies have brought us a step closer to explaining the fact that some people are fond of remembering dreams, while others never remember what they dreamed, writes Mental Floss.

Here's what influences whether you will remember dreams in the morning or not.


In general, women remember dreams more often than men.

Scientists are not sure why, and they think it might be due to be biological or hormonal gender differences.

Women may be more aware of their dreams, because they are simply more interested in dream phenomenon than men.

But the difference is insignificant, and it can be said that there are many women who remember their dreams, but also many men who remember theirs.


The older we are, the harder we are to recall our dreams. The ability to remember a dream is improved in late childhood and adolescence, and is at its peak in the twenties. After that, it mostly falls gradually, though there are exceptions, as in everything else.


This is not a strict rule, but there is a certain connection between certain personality traits and the tendency to remember dreams. People who tend to analyse their psychological state more often remember dreams than those who approach life more conveniently.

Time spent in sleep

Time you spend on average sleeping is one of the most important factors determining whether you will remember your dreams or not. People dream every 90 minutes during a rapid eye movement (REM) cycle of sleep.

But these REM cycles become longer during the night, which means that most dreams are dreamed before the morning, in most cases just before we wake up.

If you sleep four hours, say, instead of eight, you only have 20 percent of the usual time for dreams. For this reason, people often remember their dreams at weekends, because then they have time to "compensate" sleep that they sacrifice on weekdays, but they do not remember the dreams that they are dreaming on working days.

Brain Activity

Thanks to the new methods of brain scanning, scientists have a clearer outline of what parts of the brain are associated with dreaming. A part of the brain that processes information and emotions is more active with people who are more likely to remember dreams, according to a 2014 study.

A recent study from 2017 has shown that with people who are mostly remembering their dreams there is increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is in charge of abstract thinking, so it makes sense to be connected to dreaming and lucid dreams (those that we conscious to dream).

Responding to external stimuli

Similarly, with people who are more likely to remember dreams, a higher brain activity is recorded in the waking state when they hear someone pronounce their name while they are awake. A study in 2014 showed that people who remember their dreams have increased brain activity in the regions that are responsible for sound response.

Do you remember your dreams?

See results

What can you do to remember what you dreamed of in the morning ? It's pretty easy, before you go to bed, think "Tonight I'll remember everything I dream." The very act of thinking about dreams before falling asleep can make a difference.

When you wake up, take some time in bed and try to "invoke" dreams. If something is "returned" to you, and remember the fragments, write them down or think about them a little. Immediately after the awakening, the dreams are still in our short-term memory, and it is easy to forget them.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)