Here is a five step system to dream your dream and remember it. Bet you're surprised you can do this. Frankly, I haven't tried it yet.
need to be awakened during the dream to remember it. The knowledgeable field has mentioned that younger people remember dreams more, and creative people are particularly good at this. I can't find any reference supporting my contention, but I think older people dream more because many of them, including me, need to wake up once or twice each night because of the need to go to the bathroom. So how best to remember your dream? Hate to say this, get old, or use an alarm clock. If you can easily go back to sleep, you'll luck on out on catching some doozies.
Then, there is the matter of wet dreams. Both males and females experience nocturnal "emissions," but the prevalence is greater for the former. Click on this for more information.
So about my two dreams:
1. Wow, Did I Have a Daffy Dream? This was a relatively short, mildly stressful experience, and, clearly, a non-REM dream. Most of my dreams are of this type for the simple reason that there are a lot more of them.
2. Suicide Dreams. This was a long, vivid, colorful, futuristic dream that dealt with suicide. Absolutely a REM dream. My brain now knows about the challenge of suicide and how to sidestep that future. This dream occurred about a year and a half after my wife passed away, and for first time, my dream mind understood that she was gone. Interesting that it took that long.