I am looking for a word for the phenomenon due to which you are not able to remember dreams.

Example usage (in case the question is not clear) - Person A : The dream involved elephants, Megan Fox and a pole but I'm not able to recall it correctly... Person B : Damn You "Phenomenon Name"!!!


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Person B: Damn You, “Evanescence”!!!

evanescence – noun
evanescent – adjective
evanesce – verb
Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.

The term evanescence is indeed used in dream psychology (as well as in some musical pieces):

... the dream's evanescence, the way in which, on awakening, our thoughts thrust it aside ...
Sigmund Freud, Dream Psychology

There are several established theories that help explain the evanescence of dreams.
Huffington Post, “Why Do We Have Trouble Remembering Our Dreams?”

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