Here's what to eat before bed if you want to remember your dreams the next day
Half of the 100 participants took 240mg of vitamin B6 immediately before bed for five nights — the equivalent of 558 bananas.
Those who took the B6 recalled 64.1 per cent more dream content than those who took a placebo.
Those not taking the supplement not only had difficulty remembering their dreams but said they had poorer sleep quality and significantly higher tiredness on waking.
One 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."
Another added: "My dreams were more real, I couldn't wait to go to bed and dream!"
Dr Denholm Aspy, of the University of Adelaide's School of Psychology, Australia, said:"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."
Vitamin B6 known as pyridoxine 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.
Vitamin B6 helps the body to use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates in food and form haemoglobin – the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen around the body.
The NHS said the daily amount of vitamin B6 adults aged 19 to 64 years need is about 1.4mg for men and 1.2mg for women which can be got from a normal diet.
But it warns taking more than 200mg a day for a long time can lead to a loss of feeling in the arms and legs known as peripheral neuropathy.
People should not take the supplement over 10mg unless advised to by a doctor. The study was published in the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills.
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