Originally Posted by George Foster
You only dream right before you are going to wake up. Your brain is warming up to be awake again and that is when we dream. We don't dream during rem sleep form what I remember from school.
Actually REM (not the poster
) is when you do dream.
You cycle through REM every 90 minutes or so during the night, which is why people have multiple dreams. Most people end up dreaming close to 100 minutes a night. If you wake up after REM, you're more likely to remember dreams. I tend to wake up a lot during the night.
Back in college I had a class that studied dreams, etc. We had to keep paper and pencil by our beds and jot down what we remembered whenever we woke up. It's amazing what a word or two will help you remember in the morning.