How to Make Yourself Dream More

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Shakespeare said it best through Hamlet, “To sleep, per chance to dream, ahh, there’s the rub.” Modern-day scientists and researchers, including David Fontana, Ph.D., state that dreams occur for many reasons, and not all experts agree as to why. In his book, "Teach Yourself to Dream: A Practical Guide," Fontana writes that some experts believe we dream when the brain fires off neurons. Reduce your caffeine use and consume melatonin to improve your dream quota.

Improve the quality of your sleep in order to improve your ability to dream. Avoid eating a heavy meal right before going to sleep. Avoid watching stimulating TV programs, such as the news. These programs can create anxiety, which can block dreams, according to Fontana.

Avoid sleeping aids, as they can prevent you from having dreams. Consume less caffeine, as well.

Imagine a realistic landscape with a wall. On the other side of the wall, imagine that there is a fantastic reality. According to Fontana, this is one of the easiest ways to dream more.

Use another visualization technique created by Fontana. Close your eyes and imagine your ideal house. In this case, imagine that it has three floors. Visualize what the house looks like from the outside. Enter the house. As you visit each room, imagine the furniture in the space. Doing so may prompt old dreams to resurface. Your mind may replay old dreams for clarity, or update the dreams with more current information.

Tips & Warnings

  • Record your dreams in a journal that can be read later and interpreted. Make note of recurring dreams.

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