Find a physical reminder
Chamille-White/Shutterstock In order to make a particular person, experience, or solution to a problem appear in your dream, you’ll want to focus your mind on that topic in the moments before you fall asleep. If the theme lends itself toward a physical memento you can place on your nightstand, all the better. “If it’s a personal problem, it might be [a photo of] the person you have the conflict with,” Deirdre Barrett, author of The Committee of Sleep and assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, told Scientific American. “If you’re an artist, it might be a blank canvas. If you’re a scientist, the device you’re working on that’s half assembled or a mathematical proof you’ve been writing through versions of.” Don’t miss these fascinating facts about dreams.
Dusan-Petkovic/Shutterstock You’ve likely noticed that the themes that appear most often in your dreams are the ones that appear most often in your life. For example, one study found that video game players often incorporate supernatural plot lines into their dreams, while Tetris players tend to incorporate falling bricks. If there’s a specific person, problem, or idea you’d like to explore more often in your dreams, make an effort to spend more time with it during your waking hours. These are the surprising things your dreams reveal about your personality.