Recording your dreams could lead to your next big creative breakthrough. Need proof? Google, the Twilight book series, the song 鈥淵esterday鈥澛犫 all great ideas that came from dreams. 鈥The dreaming brain is an amazingly creative machine,鈥 dream expert Lauri Loewenberg tells us. 鈥淢any researchers have been able to connect creativity to dreaming because both of these brain聽processes use free association.鈥 Loewenberg is the author of Dream on It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life and has been helping people decode their dreams for decades. According to Loewenberg, documenting the 鈥渙ther side of your mind鈥 could be the best thing you do for yourself. You鈥檒l quickly聽start noticing connections between your dream imagery and your daily聽struggles and achievements.聽Here are some tips on how to get started.

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1. Stay Still After聽You Wake Up:聽Keep your journal right next to your bed! Rolling over and getting out of bed obliterates your dream recall. Remain in the exact position you woke up in, because that is the position your body was in when you were dreaming. If you move, you鈥檒l unplug yourself from the memory of the dream. 鈥淚t鈥檚 kind of like when you lose your keys,鈥 says Loewenberg. 鈥淵ou go into the last room you remember having them to help jog your memory.鈥

2. Set Aside Time to Reflect:聽Stay quiet and still for 3 鈥 5 minutes to recall your dream before聽writing it down. A computer journal is okay, but Loewenberg prefers the physical act of writing it into a journal. Jotting it down by hand聽will be more conducive to getting the mind back into the dream state.

3. Don鈥檛 Forget the Details:聽Be sure to title and date your dream. This allows for easy reference when looking back for something in particular you dreamed about. Like a movie, it can often provide a clue as to what the dream may be trying to tell you. Ask yourself if the title you gave the dream sounds somewhat similar to anything going on in your life. You鈥檒l be surprised how often it will!

4. Note Your Emotions: How a聽dream made you feel can be just as important as the actual images, says Loewenberg. 鈥淲hen you note your actual thoughts, you will find that more聽often than not, they will coincide with your previous day.鈥

5. Keep a Daily Journal Side by Side:聽Loewenberg recommends writing your day on the left page of your journal and your dream on the right page. 鈥淜eeping details of your waking and dreaming life聽side by side will make it easier to connect the dots.鈥

What was your craziest dream?聽Share your wildest ones聽in the comments below.