This Vitamin Might Help You Remember Your Dreams

Do you wish that you could be better at†remembering your dreams? Maybe you’ve tried keeping a journal by your bedside table in hopes of catching the toe of a fleeting vision. Maybe you’ve tried some tactics for lucid dreaming–a state in which you know you’re dreaming and you are in complete conscious control over your dreams.

Imagine having free reign over your dream playground. It’s possible, and it may be as easy as taking a vitamin.

On average, humans spend about six years of our lives dreaming. Being able to harness, or even simply recall,†this†dreamtime could prove hugely beneficial.

You can†play out various anxiety-producing scenarios, improve problem solving skills, boost learning, and even†work to overcome phobias and trauma; all in the safety of†your own bed.

A lot of us simply aren’t good at remembering our dreams. As soon as we open our eyes, they flitter away. But recent research has an interesting suggestion: vitamin B6 may help.

Vitamin B6 and Remembering†Your Dreams

In the University of Adelaide†study, 100 Australian participants took a high dose (240mg) of vitamin B6 right before bed over the course of 5 consecutive days. The study was double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled.

Perhaps the study†itself doesn’t sound that interesting, but what they found was. While vitamin B6 had no effect on dream quality, vividness, or content, it did help participants remember their dreams–something most of them struggled to do before the study. They could wake up and remember with greater clarity what they had dreamt about.

Participants†also were able to remember details of the dream for longer into the day. Those taking a placebo did not experience these gains.

Woman's hands poured the mix of vitamins and nutritional, dietary supplement pills from a bottle, close-up.

It will take more research to determine whether the increased recall is due to dietary B6 deficiency or not.

While dietary deficiency of vitamin B6 is rare, some people may still have low blood levels of the vitamin.†If that is the case, that means the dream-enhancing effects of vitamin B6 will diminish over time as blood levels of the vitamin stabilize. But if not, vitamin B6 may be a key to unlocking the incredible power of lucid dreaming for many of us.

In the meantime, itís a good idea to make sure you are getting enough of all the B vitamins in your diet, as they are essential for brain, immune, nerve, and cellular health. Vegan foods high in vitamin B6 include pistachios, pinto beans, avocados, blackstrap molasses, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds.

Are you able to recall your dreams? Have you ever tried lucid dreaming? Share your experiences in the comments section below!†

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Michael Friedmann
Michael F7 days ago

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

Chrissie R
Chrissie R8 days ago

My nightmares?? No thanks!

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Danuta W
Danuta W23 days ago

Thank you for posting

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Janis K
Janis Kabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing.

Marija M
Marija Mabout a month ago

tks for sharing

Virginia Abreu de Paula
Virginia Abreu de Paulaabout a month ago

It would be importante to know more about it in order to take the vitamins. How much? How many times a week? Each and every day? Because I really would love to remember my drems. I used to remember all of them before. I even have note books where I wrote my dreams. They were really amazing and beautiful. But now things have changed and I hardly ever remember them. So I'd love try this treatment.