well I say "nice" dreams, but what I guess I really mean is "memorable", or really narrative-driven dreams. the only dreams I typically find to be "unpleasant" are ones where I feel real phyical pain, or have impeded vision or movement or whatever. I'm okay with even some little frightening parts, as they don't typically last long and give me something to really think about when I wake up
I'm glad you found something that works for you, Anon. My system and I are almost at odds with each other - once I find a reliable trigger, it gets moved once I feel secure that it will work.
This is really interesting. I've wondered about what might reduce the probability of having "narrative-driven dreams", but didn't consider how much energy might increase it. I've heard quite many times that stress or going to bed too exhausted leads to dreamless nights, or waking up with that sensation of not having even slept but can't exactly confirm this.
What kind of things did you try so to have more energy before falling asleep? Exercise? Caffeine? I wouldn't mind testing this out.
I remember that one of the times I used to have a lot of deep dreams was when I would drink tea before sleeping, but back then I would usually go to bed late although not tired, and assumed it must have been that lateness. Many teas have caffeine, must have been that instead.