I’ve mentioned once before in various other forums here that I dream a lot; and super vividly.
When I dream I almost always remember them, I dream pretty much every night, and in the dreams I feel everything…pain, emotions, water, wind…everything. The dreams I have a realistic as anything in real life. I am curious as to whether or not there is an official medical title for this phenomenon.
Lucid dreaming is being aware that you are dreaming while you are dreaming. It might be related, but in most cases the bits of the brain that create memory are inactive during the REM phase (or may be in the process of changing short term memory to long term according to most theories). Many people who enter a lucid dreaming state gain control over the dreams at that point.
Its possible that if you do lucid dream you will remember it. One of the theories on lucid dreaming is that it wakes up part of the brain that is normally inactive during REM - the same part that regulates memory storage.
It seems to be for me. I remember all my dreams and in which order I dreamed them, in a very vivid way as the OP describes. I remember them so well that the emotions evoked can carry over to the next day or longer. I also sleep poorly, and waken many times during the night, which I think allows for this recall.
I’m on this boat, too. Unless I’m completely and totally out of my mind exhausted (which doesn’t happen very often), I have a hard time sleeping through the night. I have super vivid dreams, where I’m still experiencing the emotions when I wake (if it was a sex dream, I’m still horny. If it was an anxiety-ridden nightmare, I’m still anxious. If it was a sweet, romantic dream, I’m still feeling all goey about that person the next day.) And when I take sleeping pills, I don’t have/remember the dreams.
Poor sleep and bad or vivid dreams are often seen with undiagnosed sleep apnea ((skip the ad)
Sir T-Cups, do you dream in color? there’s controversy as to how much people dream in color. I couldn’t find a specific link (most were forum answers) on color dreaming but, I’ve read that color dreaming is more likely to be remembered.
I have had a few color dreams that I remember to this day.