Highlights:

  • More able to remember dreams if you take vitamin B6 before sleep.
  • Vitamin B6 results in higher chances of experiencing lucid dreams. 
  • Vitamin B6 can be found in bananas, spinach, potatoes etc.

Do you remember what was your dream like yesterday? There are a lot of people who don’t remember what they dream and this is really something to consider, right? The definition from Ernest Hartmann, professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, given online at ScientificAmerican can help for a better understanding of forgetting dreams:

Our forgetfulness is generally attributed to neurochemical conditions in the brain that occur during REM sleep, a phase of sleep characterized by rapid eye movements and dreaming. But that may not be the whole story.

Perhaps the most compelling explanation is the absence of the hormone norepinephrine in the cerebral cortex, a brain region that plays a key role in memory, thought, language and consciousness.

source: unsplash | Dreaming like falling.

Which study and how was it conducted?

Is forgetting dreams irreversible? Well, according to a recent study called “Effects of Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) and a B Complex Preparation on Dreaming and Sleep”, covered in University of Adelaide, vitamin B6 can help in memorizing dreams. The study consisted of 100 Australian participants taking doses of vitamin B6 ahead of sleep for 5 days. Participants who were going to take 240mg of vitamin B6 had confessed that they barely remembered their dreams.

Study’s findings.

source: De Lune | Foods rich in vitamin B6.

The study found that those who took vitamin B6 before sleep were more able to remember their dreams compared to those who took a placebo. There are also many people who experience lucid dreams which is when the person knows that he/she is dreaming while the dream is still ongoing. The author of the study, Dr. Denholm Aspy said that:

The average person spends around six years of their lives dreaming. If we are able to become lucid and control our dreams, we can then use our dreaming time more productively.

For example, it may be possible to use lucid dreaming for overcoming nightmares, treating phobias, creative problem solving, refining motor skills and even helping with rehabilitation from physical trauma.

source: GoldBio | Chemical formula of vitamin B6.

Sounds good but there is a problem. If you aren’t able to remember your dreams, there is almost zero probability to have lucid dreams. Knowing this, vitamin B6 not only helps in remembering our dreams but also increases the chances of experiencing lucid dreams. There are some foods which provide vitamin B6 like banana and avocado from fruits, potato and spinach from vegetables, eggs, cheese, fish, legumes, green cereals etc.

Research is concluded with the suggestion that there is still needed further research about a better understanding of the effects of vitamin B6.