- Mental Health
The Importance of Dreaming
"Some may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." -John Lennon
The Importance of Dreaming
I'm sure many people say that they do not have dreams anymore, or at least don't remember their dreams. Believe it or not, but this can actually lead to lower cognitive performance. Dreams are tied to our unconscious desires and can reveal secrets within ourselves we might not otherwise understand. Dreams can increase our visual memory, creativity, self-awareness, and can improve our mental health. Dreams can pose or answer questions, uncover repressed feelings or emotions, and can even inspire artistic creations you couldn't fathom in your waking life.
Techniques for Recall
- The first step is go to sleep early so you can prepare rather than passing out.
- Tell yourself, "I am going to remember my dream," before going to sleep or as you are falling asleep. Imagine yourself waking up and writing/recording your dream.
- Lay a pen and paper or a voice recorder (recommended) beside your bed, and I suggest you put it close enough that you don't have to roll around. You'll be surprised how it can all come back to you as you recall.
- Wake up naturally, but don't oversleep and toss and turn. This usually gives you time to forget.
Some people's dreams might be very dim, and it makes it harder to have any purpose or "plot" in their dream. If you have this problem, I suggest you try a few natural herbs that may enhance the vividity of your dream, make it more impacting, and easier to understand. A few to herbs I suggest are DMAE, Passionflower, Mugwort, Skullcap, Hops, Vitamin B6, Valerian, and Calea Zacatechichi. Note that dreams can be as scary as reality if enhanced to an extreme, so don't over do it! All in all, with responsibility, vivid dreams can be a very rewarding and intriguing experience. I recommend first trying Vitamin B6 and going from there to find what best suites you.
Moving on to Lucid Dreaming
Once you begin to recall your dreams you can start to attempt lucid dreaming. If you have never heard of this, it is the awareness of being in a dream, and can also be used for dream control. This can be a very rewarding experience cognitively. Every time I've had a lucid dream I've always woken feeling refreshed and energized. It can also increase your mental strength and control. I'd like to relate it to certain types of meditation actually because it uses intense focus and control, but at the same time has the potential to go deeper into the sub/unconscious more easily. It can show you things about yourself you never realized before, and give you the motivation to run towards the things you want to change. In a way, it's a mental detoxification. It rids you of the insignificant thoughts that don't influence who you are.
Farewell Little Dreamer
So there you have it. Dreams can have more power than you think, and if you invest some time it can be a whole other world to explore. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Good luck to you in your conquest.
Here's my hub on what is happening in your brain while dreaming: http://hubpages.com/hub/Lucid-Dreams-Whats-going-on-and-how
DMAE - Increases acetylcholine
Increase serotonin, etc.