A part of dreaming is thought to be a scientific phenomenon. But some pieces of the puzzle are really missing. Science simply can not explain everything about dreams. The Mayo Clinic says that dreams are a normal part of sleep. They are a way for your brain to process information and sort through memories.
Some people can remember their dreams more vividly. Why is this?
There are a few abstract theories.
a. One theory is that some are just better at remembering dreams than others. This could be due to a number of factors, including a person’s natural tendencies, how well they sleep, and what happens during the day that might affect their dreams.
b. Another theory is that people who remember their dreams vividly may be more in touch with their subconscious mind. They are more creative or have a better imagination. It could also mean that they are more attuned to their emotions and feelings.
c. There is also the possibility that people who remember their dreams vividly are simply better at paying attention to them. They pay good attention to how interesting the dream is, how important it feels, or how often the person has the dream.
d. Finally, it is possible that people who remember their dreams vividly have significantly more dreams than others. A number of factors influence it, including how much sleep the person gets, how early in the morning they wake up, or how often they take naps.
Scientific theories on why some people can remember their dreams
Julie Lambert, a certified sleep expert, told Healthline, if someone consistently doesn’t get enough sleep, the amount of REM sleep they experience will drop, making it harder for them to remember their dreams the following day.
In simplest of words: People who are sleep-deprived have less vivid dreams, and the dreams they do have are more difficult to recall.
Also, those who are more practical and focused on what is outside themselves tend to have difficulty remembering their dreams. So, in a nutshell, some people are naturally more inclined to remember their dreams than others.
But what about those who remember too much of their dreams?
If you can remember your dreams vividly, every night, you may simply have “high amounts” of the vivid dream features explained above. For example, you are nowhere close to being sleep deprived and are precisely consistent with your sleep cycles. But there are other interesting theories too. One suggests that if you remember your dreams too much, that may be due to exceptional conscious-subconscious brain coordination.
Another theory suggests that people who take medications that increase acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) in the brain are more likely to have vivid dreams. These medications include antidepressants, antipsychotics, and medications for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
People who have high levels of beta-amyloid in their brains have a hard time forgetting their dreams. This means that if you have Alzheimer’s disease, you may be more likely to remember your dreams. Factors, like stress or trauma, can cause people to have vivid dreams or nightmares that they’re more likely to recall the next day. More stress = More vivid dreams.
There are many different theories on it, but it is certainly true that some remember their dreams vividly while others cannot. Maybe due to a person’s natural tendencies, how well they sleep, what happens during the day that might affect their dreams, or a combination of these factors. Maybe it’s related to our subconscious mind’s connection to the conscious one. Or maybe, you pay better attention to your dreams, and simply remember them better and more often. But one thing is to agree; dreams and our ability to remember them, can not be explained by science as a whole.