How eating bananas and avocados helps you remember dreams

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If you tend to forget your dreams as soon as you wake up, eating avocados and bananas might help you remember, according to a new study.

New research from the University of Adelaide has found that taking vitamin B6 could help people to recall their dreams.

The study included 100 participants from around Australia where one group took high-dose vitamin B6 supplements before going to bed and the other a placebo capsule.

For five consecutive days, the participants recorded the colour, vividness, bizarreness and emotionality of their dreams upon waking.

Prior to taking the supplements, many of the participants rarely remembered their dreams, but they reported improvements by the end of the study.

After completing the study, one participant noted that: “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.”

Another participant said: “My dreams were more real, I couldn’t wait to go to bed and dream!”

Research author Dr Denholm Aspy, from the University of Adelaide’s School of Psychology, said: “Our results show that taking vitamin B6 improved people’s ability to recall dreams compared to a placebo.

“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.

“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.

“Lucid dreaming, where you know that you are dreaming while the dream is still happening, has many potential benefits. 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.

“In order to have lucid dreams it is very important to first be able to recall dreams on a regular basis. This study suggests that vitamin B6 may be one way to help people have lucid dreams.”

Products containing Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 occurs naturally in a wide range of food and drinks, including:

  • whole grain cereals
  • legumes
  • fruits such as bananas and avocados
  • vegetables such as spinach and potatoes
  • milk
  • cheese
  • eggs
  • red meat
  • liver
  • fish

According to the National Health and Medical Research Council, clinical deficiency is rare, with the recommended daily intake for adults being 1.3 mg/day.

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