Everyone dreams each night during a period of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which occurs approximately every 90 minutes. But, if a dream ends before you wake up, you usually won’t remember it. Before you can begin to decipher the types of dreams you have, you need to be able to remember them. This is called dream recall.
So, how can you improve your dream recall? Easy, a dream journal. When you record your dreams on a regular basis, you’ll begin to see themes and patterns over time. You might only recall a dream fragment—just a place, person, or image, or what you were thinking or feeling. That's OK, write it down, anything helps. And now, that you've got some of your strange/scary/confusing dreams written down, take a look at the list below to decipher which type of dream you had . . . and what it means about you.