Ever have that dream where you win the lottery and get everything you’ve ever wanted but wake up just before you can enjoy it? If only you could remember those winning numbers. Next time, try taking Vitamin B6. New research from the University of Adelaide has found that taking Vitamin B6 could help people recall their dreams.
The study published in Perceptual Motor Skills followed 100 Australian participants taking high doses of Vitamin B6 before going to bed for five consecutive days. The results showed that taking Vitamin B6 improved the participants’ ability to recall dreams compared to a placebo, however it did not affect the vividness or colour of their dreams, or other aspects of their sleep patterns.
"It seems as time went on my dreams were clearer and clearer and easier to remember. I also did not lose fragments as the day went on," said one of the participants after completing the study. Other participants said their dreams seemed more real and they couldn’t wait to go to bed.
Have you ever had a dream where you realized you were dreaming and then could control what was happening around you? This phenomenon is called Lucid Dreaming and researchers believe that enhancing dream recall is the first step to encouraging this kind of dream state.
The study’s author, Dr Denholm Aspy says, "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.” He adds, “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.”
Vitamin B6 occurs naturally in whole grain cereals, legumes, fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs, red meat, and fish. However, further research is needed to find out if the effects of B6 to help dream recall vary according to how much is also obtained through the diet.