DOES EVERYBODY DREAM? Yep. No matter what Grandpa Ed told you. Research shows that virtually all mammals dream, even though there's little agreement on why this is so. And people who have been deliberately deprived of their dream cycles (not sleep), get very strange indeed.
I DON'T REMEMBER MY DREAMS. WHAT'S WRONG? Not remembering dreams doesn't necessarily mean there's something wrong. When you don't remember, it's usually just because:
As a child you had very vivid dreams, including nightmares, and at some point you got smart enough to decide to just not remember them anymore. I've found this to be especially true for men, by the way. And just shows how strong your mind is.
You've had some deep personal trauma and you're afraid if you remember dreams, the trauma is what you'll dream about. Not necessarily so.
Someone convinced you dreams were nonsense so you decided not to waste time on them.
The alarm clock or kids or puppies wake you up, chasing the dreams right out of your head.
And most of us have cycles when we don't dream, no matter what. Watch for your own cycles.
WHAT'S THE EASIEST WAY TO REMEMBER DREAMS?
You have to want to remember more than you don't. No kidding. Tell yourself as you're falling asleep, "Tonight I remember a dream" or "As I wake I remember a dream", or something like that. Keep instructions to your subconscious present tense - no "I want to..." or "I will..." or "I'm going to try to...." And just keep at it. You will catch one, and it's taken some people as long as three months to get back in the habit of remembering. Joining a dream group, having a dream buddy, or even just reading about them helps too.
SOMETIMES I WAKE UP EXHAUSTED. CAN DREAMS CAUSE THIS?
Yes, of course. Your sleeping brain doesn't realize it's dreaming - it believes you're really moving all those file cabinets around all night. The dream feels real when you're in it, right? This turns out to be great news since it gets the body and emotions to let go of a lot of stress from all that symbolic cabinet shoving. But if you consistently wake up tired, it couldn't hurt to get a good checkup from the medical expert of your choice.
I'VE HAD THE SAME DREAM SINCE I WAS A KID. IS THIS COMMON? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Dreams are first and foremost about your deep, deep feelings at the time of the dream. It makes sense that you'd dream the same scenes to express the same feelings. Your subconscious is trying to communicate the best way it knows how, so it picks things it knows gets your attention, that you respond to. Remember the time before this one that you had that dream, and the one before that, and the one before that. What was going on in your life that links those feelings? What do the feelings have in common? And what does the dream mean - well, that's a whole 'nother discussion.