I’m an insomniac. This isn’t something I choose or enjoy. It just is. As Dr. Deepak Chopra explains, “You can’t will yourself to sleep.” I feel validated by his words, but no less sleepy. If falling asleep is also a challenge for you, this might help.
It may be that shifting our attention from how to get a good night’s sleep to how to remember our dreams will help. I have some faith in this idea because I’m sure that what ever we focus on will expand. While we are busy promoting better dream recall, sleep might sneak up on us.
Here are a few habits that could help:
1. If you have ever kept a dream journal, read through some old dreams before turning out the light.
2. Revisit a specific dream and in your imagination, step back into the dream. You might just hang out with the images or make any changes you would like to see in the events of the dream.
3. Have a strong intention for your next dream.
Pull a Tarot card from your favorite deck and turn the image of the card over in your mind a few times. Give yourself the intention of having a dream that somehow reflects this image.
Ask for a dream that will shed light on a particular concern or question.
Ask for the next installment of an old dream.
When you are aware that you had a dream, run back through it several times in your mind before you write it down. Happy dreaming!