Question: Why Don’t We Remember Our Dreams?

WE FORGET almost all dreams soon after waking up.

Our forgetfulness is generally attributed to neurochemical conditions in the brain that occur during REM sleep, a phase of sleep characterized by rapid eye movements and dreaming.

But that may not be the whole story.

Why don’t we remember all of our dreams?

One possibility is that our brain neurochemicals, during sleep, are very different from during wake time and so they don’t allow us to consolidate memory. The other thing that’s quite possible is that we don’t pay attention to our dreams or are unable to do so during sleep.

Is it normal not to remember your dreams?

The Normal Patterns of Dreaming in Sleep

It is normal to dream, but it is common to not recall the dreams that occur. Just because they are not recalled, the dreams associated with REM sleep are likely still occurring.

Why do some people remember their dreams?

Basically, this theory suggests that dreams occur when our brain is processing information, eliminating the unnecessary stuff and moving important short-term memories into our long-term memory. So people who recall dreams may have a difference in their ability to memorize things in general.

What does it mean if I don’t dream?

All of the research indicates that essentially every human being has REM sleep, which means that every person also dreams at night. If you don’t have dreams, then that means that you just are not remembering your dream. There are several reasons why you may not remember your dreams when you wake up.