I do personal experiments in that all of the time. When I wake up, I first try to decipher the dream I just had very quickly so that I don’t forget it. I do that by linking up things I talked about or thought about the last awake period to the dream.
I can always link stuff together but it’s always in metaphor, symbolic forms in the dream.
But I only have a few minutes before the dream fades.
By linking up the dream to the prior awake period, all that is left is accounting for the gap in time when I left.
For that, alas, I have to look at a clock.
I’m still trying to figure out that one. Might be impossible… but I’ keep at it now and again.