Dream Logging

A few days ago, I was reading an article about the wonders of dream logging. Dream logging, for those who don’t know, is a very simple and easy practice. One simply acquires a journal and records whatever of their dream they can remember from the night before as soon as they wake up. This practice, as it turns out, is very beneficial. Beside the obvious advantages, such as improved memory and more stable sleep, dream logging is also extremely emotionally and mentally helpful. By recording one’s dreams, one takes more notice of them and is forced to interpret them. This allows people to understand their inner, and perhaps suppressed, emotions, such as sadness or love, and their sources, which may include certain people, places, or situations. And by understanding these things, people can begin to address them and improve their lives. Thus, we should all attempt to implement this relatively straightforward practice. And for what it’s worth, my biggest tip regarding dream logging is to keep the journal next to your bed so you remember to record your dream right when you wake up. That way, you can record as much as you remember and not forget to log anything at all. Also, try to record the dream before sitting up in bed because sitting up engages your hippocampus which is also where your short term memory is stored, and you want your hippocampus to be fully engaged in helping you remember your dream while dream logging.