I always enjoy it when I have vivid dreams. The kind of dreams which I can control. The thing is, lately, I’ve not been dreaming much, and when I do, I barely remember them the next morning. Does anyone know of any kind of supplement that I can take that will help me have more vivid dreams, and remember them the next day?
Don’t take me word for it, but I hear that Turkey will help you remember your dreams.
I find that being woke up before you are ready to wake up helps. Napping helps too (I have a dream between each press of the snooze button)
I remember my dreams best when I wake up during them – for whatever reason. So perhaps you could find an alarm with, say, a 45-minute snooze button, and set it for 1 a.m. and then keep hitting it all night?
Unfortunately, it takes a couple hours to get into a deep enough sleep to dream, so only allowing yourself 45 minutes might not work, until you were REM deprived enough to fall right into the dreaming state of sleep–which is the deepest state where your body repairs itself.
It is true that it’s easiest to remember your dreams right after you wake up, if you concentrate on them immediately. Try focusing on them and writing them down first thing in the morning as opposed to trying to remember them later on in the day. And as for food, sorry, can’t help you there.
And if anyone has some advice on this please advise me how to not remember my dreams. I have nightmares of extreme emotional content and don’t care to spend the first two hours of every day geting back to normal…
To remember your dreams, try 1000-5000 mcg of vitamin B12. It only works for a few days.
To not have nightmares, try 20-100 mgs of thiamine, also called vitamin B-1. But also consider a psychological therapy with someone who has lots of experience working with psychological trauma. Nightmares of extreme emotional content may have a psychological origin, which can be reduced with competent therapy. If your nightmares aren’t from some earlier experience that upset you, then there could be a biological problem. I’m not a doctor and so on.
I have also heard of a drug that you can buy at a health store that will give you very vivid dreams. I can’t vouch for the safety of it, and to be honest i’m too lazy to Google it right now, but it was called 5-hydroxy-tryptophan. I think its a precursor to serotonin, but my memory’s not as good as it useta was.
I have no clue as to any dietary or other supplement that will aid in dream recall. However, and I know this will sound all new agey and will quite possibly bring the wrath of the church of Randi upon me, but I know of a way that works (for me at least). However you want to describe it specify your intent to recollect you dreams. As you are getting ready to fall asleep tell yourself to do it and that you can do it. A little positive reinforcement never hurts especially in a hypnagogic state.
Then keep a pad of paper and a pencil next to your bed and as soon as you wake up write down as much of any dream you can recall. The first dozen or so times you do this you might not get more than a few sentences but with practice you will begin to remember more and more details. As you get better and better at this it will get easier and easier, and more rewarding.
That’s from this site, which I got by Googling. No claims made for validity, but it’s an interesting thought.