Are you having trouble remembering your dreams or do they lack color, vividness, intensity and uniqueness?
A small study of 12 participants in 2002 revealed that Vitamin B6 increased dream vividness, bizarreness, emotionality, and color. Recently a study by Dr. Denholm Aspy of 100 Australian participants has shown that taking 240mg of Vitamin B6 before bed had a scientifically significant impact on dream recollection, but did not affect vividness, bizarreness or color.
At present, I take a daily Vitamin B complex of which B6 is only 8mg. and find little impact. In the future I will try taking 240 mg of B6 on a regular basis and report my findings.
Consider joining me to improve recall of dreams!. Your comments are welcome.
Effects of Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) and a B Complex Preparation on Dreaming and Sleep.
Anecdotal evidence indicates that supplementation with vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) before bed can enhance dream vividness and recall. In a single pilot study, Ebben, Lequerica, and Spielman (2002) found that vitamin B6 had a dose-dependent effect of increasing scores on a composite measure of dream vividness, bizarreness, emotionality, and color. The present research replicated this study using a larger and more diverse sample of 100 participants from across Australia. We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled investigation of the effects on dreaming and sleep of ingesting 240 mg vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride) before bed for five consecutive days. We also included an exploratory condition involving a B complex preparation containing a range of B vitamins. We found that vitamin B6 significantly increased the amount of dream content participants recalled but did not significantly affect dream vividness, bizarreness, or color, nor did it significantly affect other sleep-related variables. In contrast, participants in the B complex group showed significantly lower self-rated sleep quality and significantly higher tiredness on waking. We discuss the potential for using vitamin B6 in research on lucid dreaming.