Having trouble remembering your dreams? Try Vitamin B6.

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.

Aspy DJ1, Madden NA2, Delfabbro P1.

Abstract

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.

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