I've been interested in dreams for a long time. Remembering them is an important first step in studying ones own dreams.
The best way is to keep
paper and pencil, or a recording device by the bed so that when you wake
up in the night you can record a quick impression of what you were
dreaming about. Later, the details can be filled in as you recall them, cued by your notes. Dream-journaling can be fun and rewarding, and I
have filled pages with long descriptions of dreams. At other times, it
seems a written description can't quite capture the feelings and utterly
outlandish happenings in the dreamworld.
to interrupt my sleep for long writing sessions, I found a way to
incorporate mnemonic devices into my dream-recalling strategy. I would
just remember one element of part of a dream and repeat it over and over
to myself. Later, on waking up again with a new dream in my mind, I
will select an element from that and add it to the first one which I can
usually still recall. In this way, I build a list of smaller elements,
each of which triggers the memory of the dream that contained it.
a dream is just beyond recall, I find the best way to remember it is to
try to go into the feeling of emotion that was associated with the
dream. If I can feel that feeling from the dream again, sometimes I can
remember the whole dream.