Why you should keep a dream journal

Dream journals are exactly like they sound. You write about your dreams from the previous night in as much detail as possible. Here are a few reasons you might want to start keeping a dream journal.

Improve dream recall

Most of us have multiple dreams per night, even if we don't remember them all the next day. Our ability to remember dreams varies from person to person, but typically declines as we get older. Keeping a dream journal is a great way to boost your recall of dreams. Committing to taking a note of your dreams soon after waking makes you more aware of your dreams and will help you to remember them in greater detail. When done consistently, the practice of keeping a regimented dream journal has shown to significantly improve long-term dream recall.

Forever Diary is a perfect tool for the job. Most people sleep with their phones close by, so opening up your Forever Diary dream journal upon waking is a quick and easy way to get those thoughts out and logged permanently.


We don't quite buy into the idea that dreams can predict the future, but they can certainly tell us a lot about our past and our emotional state of mind. Dreams provide a window into your subconscious mind, revealing hidden thoughts, emotions and desires. By keeping a dream journal, you have a perfect opportunity for self-reflection and can gain an insight into your psyche.

With Forever Diary, you can create a highlight of your night's dream and quickly flick back through the previous days to find patterns in your dreams. Create reminders to allow yourself to be transported back to a particularly interesting dream you had and connect it with your current night-time vision.

Process your emotions

We often feel very strong emotions while dreaming. From hugely positive to depressingly negative, our emotional state in dreaming tends to exaggerated and can result in awful nightmares just as much as highly enjoyable dreams that we never want to wake up from.

Writing those emotions in your dream journal is a great way to come to terms with them - positive and negative - and to consider what might be a cause of stress or joy. When you understand your emotions better, you can dig down into what can cause those heightened emotional states and take steps to avoid the negative and generate more of the positive.

Using Forever Diary, you can easily write down your key emotional states from your dreams and what you perceived to be the causes of them. This gives you the chance to analyse those reasons and take that back into the real world to improve your life, make you more satisfied and reduce the stressors that are leading to your poor sleep.

Train for Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming is the when you become aware of the dream while you're dreaming. According to a study by the journal Sleep, around 55% of us have had at least one lucid dream in our lifetimes. For most though, this is a one-time occurrence that is impossible to repeat. Lucid dreaming tends to start off as an awareness of the dream state - you know you're dreaming, but not much else. Experienced lucid dreamers, however, claim they can begin to control their dreams, from moving at will, talking to people, interacting with their environment and even conjuring people, animals or objects into the dream!

Committing to keeping a dream journal and updating it every time you wake up has been proven to be an effective method to increase your chances of lucid dreaming. It's best used in combination with other techniques, such as vivid woken observation and consistently checking whether you're sleeping, but is an essential tool to improve your chances of lucid dreaming. The key is to be as specific as possible. Writing down as many details as possible into the dream journal, usually as soon as you wake up, and reviewing those entries later in the day is the best way to enhance your lucid dreaming capabilities.

Boost your creativity

Our dreams reflect our reality. When things stress us in the real world, our dreams can often be stressful and traumatic. But they're never exactly the same.

We feel the emotions of our dreams strongly, but the details differ from our real world experiences. You can use those details as the source of creativity.

For example, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson was famously inspired by a dream the author had. "I dreamed the scene at the window, and a scene afterward split in two, in which Hyde, pursued for some crime, took the powder and underwent the change in the presence of his pursuers." Stevenson said in an interview.

While you might be far from writing such classic novels, there's plenty of creative inspiration to take from dreams, from intricate and bizarre plots to small details that can then be expounded into a longer storyline or plot. Writing these details down immediately after waking is a surefire way to maximise recall and ensure you don't lose any of those potential goldmines for your creative workflow.

Track your sleep patterns

Sleep is important. In fact, it's one of the most important things that humans do. Sleep is an essential physiological process that plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health and well-being, so it makes sense to keep track of it and ensure we're getting enough.

Forever Diary is an ideal way to keep track of your sleeping pattern and improve it. It just takes a minute to write down your bed time, your wake time and any disturbances you had during the night, such as loud noises that woke you, or getting up to use the bathroom. You might also notice a correlation between how well you sleep and how vivid or dull your dreams are. Likewise, there can be a connection between the quality of your sleep and how pleasant your dreams are. On nights where you have nightmares, you'll often find the quality of your sleep has been negatively affected, although scientists are still not sure which one causes the other.

Tracking your sleeping pattern will also encourage you to put more focus on your sleeping habits, like what time you go to bed, what you do immediately before going to bed, what prevents you from sleeping after you climb into bed, and what tends to wake you up in the morning. After a few weeks of careful sleep tracking and improving your habits and environment, you probably won't even need to use your alarm anymore.