Hi guys, I was getting frustrated with my dream recall recently so I decided to do a bit of a dive into the literature, see if I can come up with some ways to improve my dream recall.
From the papers I've read, and as neatly summarised in this article https://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?start=20&q=Dream+recall+frequency+drf&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&as_vis=1#d=gs_qabs&u=%23p%3DRepGiA5tRbYJ (hopefully that isn't behind a paywall), there are some recurring factors that are linked to dream recall frequency, which are:
Nocturnal awakenings/poor sleep quality (of course, not something we really want to cultivate)
Thin boundaries as opposed to thick boundaries (I'd imagine this relates to willingness to share and talk about dreams)
Absorption in mental fantasies/imagery and fantasy in general
Stress (I believe higher stress is linked to increased dream recall, likely due to our dreams becoming more emotional/scary when we're stressed and thus more memorable)
Attitude towards dreams.
Talking to people about your dreams, whether lucid or not, and spending more time thinking about them would definitely help with the "attitudes towards dreams" aspect. Maybe trying to incorporate a creative hobby, such as writing or drawing (perhaps try re-writing parts of your dreams to be lucid, or drawing dream scenes?) could help with creativity. Also, spending more time daydreaming or reading or anything that involves fantasy seems like it would help.
Perhaps trying to improve your visualisation skills and recalling events of your day can help with the visual memory aspect?
Those are just my thoughts, do you guys have any more ideas for how we can improve these factors and (hopefully) improve dream recall?