Have you ever awakened from a dream that was going good, but it turned into a nightmare and you can’t remember the good parts?

Adrian Tackore, a sophomore in the Pre-Engineering Academy, said, “remembering my dreams seems impossible and always leaves me upset cause I wanted to analyze what happened.”

Scientists have long wondered why we dream and to this day scientists still struggle while studying the unconscious mind and how it works.

Sigmund Freud, who was a psycho dynamic psychologist, had an idea that, “dreams fulfill our wishes to the speculation that these wistful journeys are just a side rapid-eye-movement (REM), at least part of the reason may be critical thinking.”

According to Freud, the reason you struggle to remember your dreams is because the superego is at work. The superego does its job by protecting the conscious mind from the disturbing images and desires conjured by the unconscious. Freud also saidΒ that nothing you do occurs by chance; every action and thought is motivated by your unconscious at some level.

Having too many thoughts on your mind can distract you from remembering your dream in the morning. Write down your dream right when you wake up or repeatedly tell yourself before sleeping, “I will remember my dream when I wake up.” These are proven and effective techniques to help recall dreams.