For those interested in studying the meaning of dreams, keeping a dream journal is essential.  Keep it near your bed so when you wake up with dream memories, you can quickly record them.  When you do record your dreams, try to remember as many details as you can.  Sometimes, just recording helps bring back some of the details.  Small details often have importance in the proper interpretation of dreams.  You can use a written journal or, as I prefer these days, an electronic one, namely, a digital recorder.  I keep a tiny sixty-minute digital recorder next to my bed that can record many separate messages.  I prefer it to writing because I found that when I wrote down dreams in the dark, what I wrote was often unreadable in the morning and I didn’t want to turn on a light which would wake me up fully so I couldn’t go back to sleep.  If you prefer to write in a notepad or journal book, that’s fine.   
    These journals are useful for other things as well.  Very often, people get great ideas at night but forget them by morning.  If you have a bedside journal you can record those ideas.  Yes, some of them will sound stupid in the light of day, but other won’t and can be good ideas to pursue.  Sometimes, when you have a problem at work that you are having difficulty solving, a solution will pop into your head while your in bed relaxed (which is why Thomas Edison took his famous naps when he had problems).  If you record the solution in your journal, you won’t have to worry about forgetting it and, once you’ve recorded the solution, you will probably be able to sleep better.


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