Dream Recall is the most important thing you need for lucid dreaming. You can have an awesome lucid dream, but what's the point of it if you can't even remember it!!!? Dream recall should be a top priority when you are just starting out with lucid dreaming.
The more you do something, brain-wise, the more neuro-connections your brain will make for it. So if you focus on dream recall, and practice this, you'll improve your dream recall. This also works with memory, the more you use it, the better it gets.
When writing in your dream journal, try not to just write down the themes and plots, but also include the smaller details too. The more details you can remember, the better your dream recall will get.
Middle of the NightIf you wake up during the night, jot down a few words on paper or a digital recorder, before you go back to sleep. If you wait until morning, you'll forget a lot if not all of the dream, while seeing the notes or listening to the audio, will bring the dream memories back and you might then be able to write them out in greater detail.
Dream SignsA lot of dreams have similar objects, themes, or people. These can be used help with dream recall. Look through your past dreams and look for stuff that repeats. Write them down as a list. These are your dream signs.
If you wake up and can't remember a dream, look at your list. Ask yourself, "Did my dream involve this element?" If your dream did, it might trigger your memory and let you to remember the dream. This works the same way writing a few words about the dream in the middle of the night helps you remember more of the dream.
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Lying in BedRight when you wake up, lie in bed as still as you can and have your eyes closed. Think about that last dream. If you don't remember anything, just lay there. Your mind will think you want to go back to sleep so it then turns on the parts of the brain that make and remember your dreams. This helps you access your last dream memory.
Memory ReinforcementWhen you wake up and remember a dream, next try to play it back through, remembering all of the details. Your dream memory was made to be very short term and you need to reinforce the memory to keep a hold of it. From running through your dream, you can have better memory of it when you roll over and write it down because now it's stored in your regular short term memory, not just in your dream memory.
Try not to move. Moving the body, like to write something down, is good at removing dream recall.
Diet and SupplementsVivid dreams are dreams that are way easier to recall, and are more clear. There are a lot of foods or supplements that can help you have more vivid dreams. Vivid dreams are dreams that are way easier to recall, and are more clear. There are a lot of foods or supplements that can help you have more vivid dreams. Vitamin B6 is one of the most popular ones, while others also help. I've also had results from L-Carnitine (Take before bed), Vitamin D3 (Take at Wake-back-to-bed), Vitamin C (WBTB), DMAE (WBTB), or a combination of Galantamine, Choline, and Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) (WBTB). Supplements that help me remember dreams better are Ginkgo Biloba, Vitamin A, or Huperzine A (Taken at WBTB).
Longer REM cycles help give you more vivid dreams, so any supplement that is a REM suppressant (like a sleeping pill) can generate vivid and easier to remember dreams. Well known supplements are melatonin or 5-HTP before bed, with other lucid dream supplements at WBTB.
StressStress is very good at killing your dream recall. If you have a stressful day and want to remember your dream, then you need to find a way to first relieve that stress. You could do anything from exercising, to video games (ie Pokemon Go!), to meditating. Just find something that relieves stress.