Using Diet To Influence Lucid Dreams
While we don't think this is a top solution to improving dream quality, it can really help one get into the groove of things by using a more subtle manner.
A diet great for lucid dreaming is one that is rich in choline and rosmarinic acid.
Choline is a vitamin-like essential nutrient and precursor of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is synthesized from choline, so consuming choline through diet will help in the formation of Acetylcholine which, can in turn help induce increased REM sleep activity, memory formation, recall, and lucidity.
How Acetylcholine Relates To Lucid Dreaming
Lucid dreaming occurs in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. This sleep state has physiological similarities to the waking state, including rapid, low-voltage desynchronized brain waves.
Electrochemical activity regulating REM seems to originate in the brain stem and is characterized most notably by an abundance of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, combined with a nearly complete absence of REM-Off monoamine neurotransmitters histamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
So, the activation of the brain stem which regulates the activity of REM sleep, is directly stimulated by Acetlycholine. More Acetylcholine means a greater likelihood of inducing and prolonging REM sleep. The activation of the brain through acetylcholine also has effects on areas which improve mental cognition and focus. This in turn helps prompt lucidity within dreams.
Food Rich In Choline
The chart below displays choline values for a selection of foods in quantities people may consume in a day.
Other foods rich in choline that are not displayed on the chart are:
- chum salmon
- shiitake mushrooms
- mung bean, chickpea, lima
- beet greens, collards, chard, spinach
- brussel sprout
- bok choy
Rosmarinic acid is a chemical compound found in a variety of plants. It also behaves to varying degrees as a reversible acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitor. AChE's primary effect is to block the normal breakdown of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which, as stated above, has been linked with increased Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep activity and lucidity.
Foods Rich in Rosmarinic Acid
Many culinary herbs tend to have rosmarinic acid in them. They include:
- Lemon balm
Combining and compounding these foods, especially eating them for dinner can help improve REM sleep by subtly increasing the concentration of acetylcholine in the brain. And with more acetylcholine you can keep Livin Lucid Dreams...