1. it reduces stress and teaches you to overcome anxiety
Try to remember how many of your dreams have an unambiguously positive and upbeat plot? Most likely, there are fewer of them than anxious dreams. Quite often we see something or someone chasing us, and we run away. Or we find ourselves in a desperate situation where our life is threatened by something. Hello, ladders you can't climb down, or endless fences you can't get over, no matter how much you climb.
Scientist Antti Revonsuo observedA. Revonsuo. The reinterpretation of dreams: an evolutionary hypothesis of the function of dreaming / Behavioral and Brain Sciences , that the part of the brain called the amygdala, which is responsible for the "fight or flight" instincts, works most actively during the phase of rapid sleep. And he proposed the "danger simulation theory": according to him, in sleep we practice our behavior in life-threatening situations.
Finnish psychologist and neuroscientist, philosopher of consciousness.
Dreams allow us to replay the situation that frightened us in safe conditions and to develop appropriate skills: to cope with such threats if they are really life-threatening, or to recognize circumstances that are not dangerous.
Taking notes in general helps to reduce stress levels and increase psychological stability, and a dream diary is no exception. By writing down your dreams, even frightening ones, you will begin to perceive them more calmly - like watching a thrilling thriller - and will not suffer from nightmares.
2. Recording helps you observe your subconscious mind
Carl Gustav Jung called dreams the doorway to the subconscious. And a dream journal allows you to peer into that very subconscious to explore your own emotions.
Carl Gustav Jung.
Swiss psychiatrist and educator, founder of analytical psychology.
A dream is a small, well-hidden door that leads to that primordial cosmic night, which was the soul before consciousness existed.
Our dreams are based on real life events. Very often we dream the same places or events over and over again. In a dream diary, you can keep track of the patterns that occur, and thus guess what your subconscious mind is trying to tell you: what is disturbing and what is pleasing to you. And re-reading the recordings after some time - for example, a year or two - you can correlate their content with certain events of your life.
3. Recording dreams improves your memory
Dreams are fleeting; they are quickly forgotten. The dream is a dream that you remember quite clearly when you wake up, but after one or two minutes, all those thoughts simply evaporate from your memory.
However, there is a funny pattern. If you write down your dream immediately after waking up, in the future, when you reread it, you will reproduce it in your head quite vividly, even if you have missed many details in the text. You can think of it as a kind of memory exercise.
4. A diary will help you dive into conscious dreams
Conscious dreams are dreams in which you realize you're dreaming. In such a dream, you can control your actions. This is very fascinating: you explore the places created by your subconscious mind and meet there familiar people from the real world or different fantastic creatures. It's a fun practice, I recommend it.
Half of the people in the world have seen such dreams at least once in their lives, and they can be induced artificially. This is not only interesting, but also useful, because it helps develop the areas of the brain responsible for logical thinking and willpower.
A sleep diary will help you immerse yourself in conscious dreams. With its help, you can keep track of what places, events and characters are present in your dreams and even "finish" the dream you saw. If you missed the best part because you were awakened in the morning, write down what you dreamt. And when you fall asleep the next night, concentrate on images from the previous dream - and you can see it again. This is not difficult, but will require some practice.
5. it's a new source of inspiration
When Salvador Dali went to bed, he would pick up a heavy object, most often a silver bowl. And as soon as he fell asleep, it would slip from his hands, rattle and wake the artist. Why? So that Dali could, upon awakening, immediately sketch the scraps of his dream and later use it as a source of inspiration.
Many stories and even poems Edgar Allan Poe first dreamed8 Famous Ideas That Came From Dreams (Literally) / HuffPost , and only then did he transfer them to paper.
John Lennon came up with the famous song #9 Dream also in a dream. And the phrase Böwakawa poussé, poussé doesn't mean anything: Lennon just dreamt it.
The master of horror, Howard Lovecraft, kept a diary of his dreams. For example, he also dreamt about the creepy mad monster Azathoth.
American writer and journalist.
The chief of England challenges the chief of his enemies to a personal duel. They fight. The enemy loses his helmet and there is no head under it. The enemy's entire army plunges into a fog, and the observer finds himself on that plain as an an