How To Control & Remember Your Dreams – Plus A Sleep Study Invitation

Good Morning Sleepers! Today we are going to talk about dreaming. It is one of our most natural states you experience and one that people always have questions about, very interesting questions because of their very interesting dreams.

Have you ever had the experience of having a dream you want to remember but for the life of you can’t recall it? You are not alone, it happens to all of us. Help remembering your dreams could be as simple as a dietary supplement.

New research from the University of Adelaide has found that taking vitamin B6 could help people to recall their dreams. The study published in Perceptual and Motor Skills included 100 participants from around Australia taking high-dose (240mg) of vitamin B6 supplements before going to bed for five consecutive days. Prior to taking the supplements, many of the participants rarely remembered their dreams, but they reported improvements by the end of the study.

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.

If you are interested in remembering your dreams it could be worth trying Vitamin B6. If you do and have good results, let me know, I’d love to hear about it. Go over to Facebook, like my page and drop me a message.

If you want to learn more about dreams check out my free eBook on Dreams here, it is the third one down on the page.

Dream Control

When a person is “falling” asleep they are in a transition between sleep and wakefulness. Usually, we pass through this state of half-wakefulness on our way to deep sleep within minutes. We may experience microdreams during the transition, but the content of these microdreams appear to be random and we usually don’t have any memory of them when we wake. A team of researchers led by an MIT master’s student wants to change that. They created a new device that can tap into this “Pre-Sleep” which is technically called hypnagogia. What’s so interesting about this, is that everyone has these micro-dreams, and this appears to be a way to tap into them for improved creativity.

The group at MIT are not the only ones interested in this Pre-Sleep, this was a subject of fascination of Thomas Edison, Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelly, Albert Einstein, the list goes on and on. They all thought that these Pre-Sleep microdreams were the root of their creativity. Thomas Edison has a famous story of taking a “nap” with a bunch of steel balls in his hand, when he would actually fall asleep they would drop and wake him up, he would then write down the inspiration from these Pre-Sleep Microdreams. The MIT group has taken this idea and wrapped some interesting tech around it, to try and keep a person in this state a little longer, to hopefully allow a person to become a little more creative! It’s a little too early to tell, but it going to be fun to watch this one!

What’s In A Dream

I think all of us wonder what our dreams mean and what kinds of dreams there are. I wrote a detailed article about what is in a dream and I talk about lucid dreaming, one of the most interesting and most often attempted kind of dreaming.  If you are still curious about dreams, here is a link to all the articles I’ve written on dreams over the past few years.

Would You Like To Participate In A Sleep Study?

A very good friend of mine and preeminent sleep researcher is looking for volunteers for a sleep study. There is a caveat though, you must be a woman between 18-45 AND planning to get pregnant in the next 18 months OR be pregnant AND in your first trimester.

If any of those criteria apply, go here to fill out a short form and see if you are qualified to participate.

If selected, you’ll participate in an online study supported by the National Institutes of Health entitled, Natural History of Sleep Disturbance in Childbearing Women: A Feasibility Study

The study addresses critical questions such as, How is good and bad sleep related to…?:

  • The regularity of menses and the occurrence and severity of PMS symptoms
  • Fertility
  • Pregnancy
  • Post‐partum
  • Maternal/infant health outcomes 
To help clinicians and scientists better understand these relationships, we are seeking female participants for an online study. Participants are compensated for time and effort via a weekly lottery. 
While there is no guarantee participating in this study will benefit you, sharing your time can have the potential to improve the lives of all women, their health outcomes, and the health of infants.
  • The study is conducted online and participants are compensated for time and effort via a weekly lottery.
  • While there is no guarantee participating in this study will benefit you, sharing your time can have the potential to improve the lives of all women, their health outcomes, and the health of infants.

Here is my most liked Facebook post for the week, be sure to also check out my Wake Up Wednesday Sleep Q&A  on Facebook where I answer your sleep questions live each week.

Ok, that’s it for this week, I hope all your sleep is restful and full of interesting dreams!

Sweet Dreams

Dr. Breus

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Michael Breus, Ph.D - The Sleep Doctor is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and one of only 168 psychologists to pass the Sleep Medical Specialty Board without going to medical school. Dr. Breus is a sought after lecturer and his knowledge is shared daily in major national media worldwide including Today, Dr. Oz, Oprah, and for fourteen years as the sleep expert on WebMD. Dr. Breus is the bestselling author of The Power of When, The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan and Good Night!