How to Start Remembering Your Dreams Again, According to 2 Sleep Experts

Growing up, my mom mandated that I take naps on the weekends and that I share my dreams with her. (Mothers know best, I swear.) This ritual faded away as I started middle school, and now as a working 25-year-old living in New York City, I can't really remember my last vivid dream let alone when I had a really good night's sleep that wasn't induced by a late night out. It turns out I'm not alone. According to an article from The Cut, we're experiencing a "dream deprivation" epidemic.

"Tens of millions of people are having their dreaming suppressed on a nightly basis," says Rubin Naiman, a clinical assistant professor of medicine and the sleep and dream specialist at the University of Arizona's Center for Integrative Medicine. "That doesn't necessarily mean that people aren't dreaming at all. It means that the quality of their dreams are being compromised and that's the result of lifestyle."

Naiman's paper, Dreamless: The Silent Epidemic of REM Sleep Loss, the study referenced by The Cut, sparked the conversation on what it's like to lose not only the ability to sleep well but to dream well too. "There is overwhelming evidence that as a society we are dreaming significantly less year by year. The frame through which we see the world is very slowly closing in," he says.

Regardless of your stance on what dreams may or may not represent, he says the main concern is our decreasing ability to dream at all. "It's important to remember your dreams, whether or not you interpret them," he says. "The brain and spirit want to dream."