The average person spends around six years of their lives dreaming.(Shutterstock)
The average person spends around six years of their lives dreaming.(Shutterstock)

Remember your dreams clearly by following this simple tip

There are many benefits of lucid dreaming, a state where you are aware that you are dreaming. Here’s how you can recall your dreams.
By HT Correspondent | Indo Asian News Service, Sydney
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2018 01:13 PM IST

Wouldn’t it be interesting if you could recall your dreams vividly? Maybe they hold inspiration for a business idea or your next artwork. According to a new research from the University of Adelaide, Australia, taking vitamin B6 supplements before going to bed greatly helps in remembering dreams the next morning.

Lucid dreaming, where you know that you are dreaming while the dream is still happening, has many potential benefits. Emphasising the importance of using dreaming time more productively, the researchers 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,” study co-author Denholm Aspy from the University’s School of Psychology said.

“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,” he added. In order to have lucid dreams it is very important to first be able to recall dreams on a regular basis.

The study included 100 participants from around Australia taking high-dose vitamin B6 supplements before going to bed for five consecutive days. The participants in the study took 240mg of vitamin B6 immediately before bed. Prior to taking the supplements, many of the participants rarely remembered their dreams, but they reported improvements by the end of the study. Aspy from the University’s School of Psychology, said, “Vitamin B6 did not affect the vividness, bizarreness or colour of their dreams, and did not affect other aspects of their sleep patterns. This is the first time that such a study into the effects of vitamin B6 and other B vitamins on dreams has been carried out on a large and diverse group of people.”

Vitamin B6 occurs naturally in various foods, including whole grain cereals, legumes, fruits (such as banana and avocado), vegetables (such as spinach and potato), milk, cheese, eggs, red meat, liver, and fish.

One of the participants after completing the study, said, “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.”

The study was published online in the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills.

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