Dreams In Recovery – What Your Dreams Mean and Tips To Intensify Them

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Do you have good dreams in recovery?

Or are you having the infamous using dream?

Maybe, you are having dreams about committing suicide and wake up in a state of panic every morning?

Then again, maybe you don’t remember a single dream you have had throughout the night?

Whatever the situation is, I’m sure you want to find out what your dreams in recovery mean, tips to actually remember your dreams, and exactly how you can use your dreams to your advantage.

If so, then let me explain it all to you right now. As a bonus, you can download the free dream journal to guide you through the recall process.

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Why Do We Dream?

The truth is that nobody really knows. Some people believe that your dreams are a bunch of hoopla and mean absolutely nothing.

While others (meaning professionals) believe that there are great significance and meaning behind each and every dream that you have.

After all, dreaming is your subconscious at work.

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One thing that is known for sure is that we dream the most during REM sleep which occurs right before we wake up. Somewhere in between 4 and 7 am. Obviously, it depends on your particular sleeping schedule.

It has also been proven that dreaming is essential to your health and well-being.

I personally believe that all dreams mean something. Including dreams in recovery.

It’s your subconscious mind at work. It only has the information in your head. Such as memories you have long forgotten or feelings you have repressed. Your subconscious knows (and remembers) all.

So how can anyone say that your dreams don’t mean jack shit?

If you feel the same as me, let’s move on. I am betting you are curious as to what dreams symbolize?

What Dreams In Recovery Mean

Dreams are symbolic. The images symbols, and metaphors may be hard to decipher but once you do, it all makes perfect sense.

I first began questioning my dreams when I had the same nightmare over and over again. My nightmares were so vivid and insane that I actually have been diagnosed with night terrors and at one point, even put on medication.

Strangely enough, the longer I was sober, the less frequent the nightmares became. That may just be a coincidence but I chalk it up to how dreams affect your well-being and vice versa.

I am not an expert on interpreting your dreams. I have read probably every dream dictionary under the sun.

The thing is, dreaming deals with your subconscious. Every person will view their dreams in a way significant to them. Symbols may be the same but when putting it all together, you may interpret it differently than me.

I will give you an example but first, if you want to find out how to decipher your own dreams, check out these books on Amazon.

Dreams In Early Recovery

In early recovery, you tend to have more using dreams which pretty much is signifying the strong cravings you are experiencing but trying to downplay.

Another common dream in recovery is about committing suicide. This dream occurs in every stage of recovery. And if you are one of the people to have the suicide dream, please don’t act on it. It’s symbolic. That’s all.

It symbolizes you killing your “old” self, you in active addiction. You have overcome your addiction and that part of your life is finally over.

Knowing this symbol changes what you initially thought, doesn’t it? Now, you can move on with confidence you may have not had before.

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Use Dreams In Recovery To Enhance Your Life

I bet the first thing that pops into your head, “Is how the hell is a dream about relapsing going to improve my life?”.

Well, I’m glad you asked. Let me explain.

First of all, you need to remember that dreams are symbolic of what’s going on in your life. Even though you may not realize it.

Your dreams and subconscious reflect only one thing, YOU. It’s what is going on in your life, deep in your mind, how you feel, obstacles you are facing, fears you may have, something that makes you extremely happy or even secret fantasies or desires you may have.

Start looking at your dreams in a different way. Become self-aware and try to reflect on what the dream is telling you.

Reflection on your dreams is a way to keep it real with yourself.

And while dreams aren’t always literal, their symbolic meaning can keep you in touch with yourself. Therefore, guiding you to a more fulfilling life.

Personally, I am fascinated by my dreams and what they represent. I always have been. I love dreaming but I hate only remembering bits and pieces of different dreams throughout the night.

If this all sounds interesting to you and you want to dream more. Plus, decipher the real meaning behind your dreams in recovery then follow the tips below and download the dream journal.

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10 Tips For Intense Dreaming

1. Sleep in a cool room – There has been research to prove that the density of REM sleep is enhanced when sleeping in a cool sleep. Not only is it easier to sleep in a cool room, but the time and intensity of your dreams will increase too.

2. Exhaust your day – You can’t expect to have big dreams if you have coasted through the day. To experience big dreams at night, you need to chase big dreams during the day. New experiences and daytime challenges will activate the Dream Generation System (DGS).

3. Record your dreams – It is also a good idea to keep a dream journal where you will record your dreams once you wake up in the morning. This will help you to become more aware of what is happening during your dreams.

4. Want to dream – If you go to bed with the intention of dreaming, it is more likely to happen.

5. Lounge in bed – This is only likely to be something you can do on the weekends when you don’t have work. Nevertheless, whenever possible, lay in bed for longer. If you go back to sleep when you are already well rested, your dreams will be more vivid.

6. Go to bed early – This leads on from the former point. Your most vivid dreams will occur between 4 and 7 am – just before you wake up. If you have only just gone to bed a few hours before, you won’t be well rested, and this will make it more difficult for you to remember your dreams.

7. Observe feelings while dreaming – From the caress of water to the physical response of being touched, when you are dreaming try to tap into the physical sensations you experience.

8. Observe body sensations – You should also observe body sensations when going to sleep, as this generates a meditative awareness that enables dreams to arise. Thus, be aware of breathing in and out, your heartbeat, and the heaviness of your body.

9. Don’t take any unnecessary medication before bed – If you do so, it could inhibit recall. Daniel Fung of CT will be able to advise on whether this has an impact on sleep.

10.  Resume your sleeping position – If you wake, resume the position you had while sleeping, as you can shake your dream loose if you move.

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Dream Journal

I created this free dream journal just for you. It is the exact way that I record my dreams. Except this is nicer and I can’t wait to use it myself.

Sign up using the form below and the download will be sent straight to your inbox. Plus, you will be part of the Unjunkiefied fam, all perks included.

Sweet Dreams

Now you know the basics of what your dreams in recovery can mean and how to use them to improve your life.

My hope is that you will print out this dream journal and use it first thing tomorrow morning. Just think about all the knowledge you will still be gaining even while you are fast to sleep.

Our lives are full of potential and knowledge, we just have to be more aware of it all.

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