The average person spends two hours dreaming for every eight hours that they are asleep. Over the course of a person's lifetime, that equates to an impressive six year's worth of dreaming, but sadly, most of us don't remember much about it.
Usually, if we recall anything about our dreams, it's fragments of a longer experience. Amazingly, however, there are a small group of people out there who are able to control their dreams and therefore remember them perfectly.
This is a phenomenon which is known as lucid dreaming, and what makes it so brilliant is that anyone can do it.
A survey of 12,000 people in 2012 revealed that 34% of participants were able to control what was going on in their dreams - which has the brilliant effect of enabling them to live out their wildest fantasies in as they sleep.
Now a new study has revealed that a common pill - which you are likely to have taken before - can help you to lucid dream.
"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," said one of the lead authors Denholm Aspy.
During the study, participants were split into three groups. They were given vitamin B, vitamin B complex, and a placebo then asked to keep a journal about their dreams over five days. The results were shocking, to say the least.
The study found that those who took the vitamin B complex had a lower quality of sleep than those who took B6 and the placebo, which suggests that it has a negative ability on a person's ability to sleep.
However, what got the researchers really excited was what the study revealed about the vitamin B6.
The people who took vitamin B6 were able to remember their dreams better than those in the other groups.
Although a previous study found that B6 improved the quality of a person's dreams by affecting vividness, color, and emotion, it did not make any interesting findings about its effect on a person's ability to remember them.
Now, further studies are going to be conducted to determine whether or not vitamin B6 can induce lucid dreaming. Aspy said:
"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."
Pills aside, Aspy and his team are going to analyze how the vitamin B6 containing food we eat including fish, chicken, and starchy vegetables, could be affecting our ability to remember our dreams.
But before you decide to stock up on vitamin B6 pills, it's worth noting that it is toxic at higher doses, and therefore it is dangerous to take without the guidance and advice of a medical professional.