Everybody has heard of the ‘natural’ lucid dreamer, but even they need a little help during a dry spell.
With a new approach and sensible use then a supplement can help to boost your performance providing you listen to your body and not overdo things.
With any new regimen it is always best to seek medical advice where possible before hand.
Make sure you dose low initially to reduce side-effects and note any undue reactions or allergies.
Try to avoid mixing unless you know what you are doing and always do thorough research before starting any trial.
Make notes alongside your dream journal entries too for future reference.
Knowing the best times to take a particular substance and how long it stays in the body is also useful.
A good guide for the serious dream student is the book entitled ‘Advanced Lucid Dreaming – The Power of Supplements’ by Thomas Yuschak. ISBN 978-1-4303-0542-2
Common supplements include 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan, a naturally occurring amino acid) which is generally taken orally at the start of the night basically to suppress REM sleep thereby causing a rebound later on.
Remember never mix SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) which include antidepressants and the mood lifting herb St John’s wort for example.
A life-threatening condition called ‘serotonin syndrome’ can otherwise result.
The anti-Alzheimer chemical galantamine, especially when combined with a choline supplement is probably the most effective dream-enhancing substance available for the oneironaut.
It is usually taken after 4 to 6 hours of sleep to be effective.
However I hear some people swear by apple juice, bananas, coffee, Vitamin B6, a peanut butter sandwich, etc.
Even alcohol can affect a subject’s dreams due to REM rebound effects.