Presleep Self-Suggestion and Dream Recall: A Single-Subject Study

  • Timothy Storlie (Author)
    Associated Counselors and Psychotherapists

    I am a Washington State licensed mental health counselor, adjunct college instructor, dissertation consultant, and research psychologist.

    I earned a Ph.D. in Psychology (specializing in Integrative Health Studies and Consciousness and Spirituality) from Saybrook University, an MSW in Social Work from Portland State University, and a Distance Education certificate from State University of West Georgia. I'm also certified as an NLP Trainer.

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Dreaming is a universal human experience. Despite this universality, dreams are easily forgotten and home dream recall frequency varies considerably among individuals and within one individual from night to night. Investigation into the dream recall process remains a core issue in the field of dream research. Studies suggest that dream recall can be affected by presleep conditions and that presleep suggestions can influence dream content. This single-subject A/B experiment was conducted to test the hypothesis that dream recall would be enhanced using presleep self-suggestion. The results showed no increase in dream recall during the self-suggestion period. More research needs to be done before this question can be answered with any degree of confidence.


dream recall, dream recall frequency, presleep suggestion
How to Cite
Storlie, T. (2012). Presleep Self-Suggestion and Dream Recall: A Single-Subject Study. International Journal of Dream Research, 5(2), 148–150.