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Galantamine for Lucid Dreaming

Have you ever remembered a dream so vividly or so expertly that it felt as though you may have been an active participant in your dream’s contents?

Have you ever experienced the feeling of knowing you were asleep and dreaming? If so, you may have experienced what is commonly called a lucid dream.

A lucid dream [2] is a state during dreams where the individual dreaming is consciously aware that they are indeed inside of their own dream. During a lucid dream, the individual has been shown to have some level of control over the contents and experiences inside of their imaginary world.

Different scientific studies have been conducted researching the environments, diets, and supplements involved in the initiation of lucid dreaming. One such supplement studied for its inherent ability to increase the chance of experiencing a lucid dream is the alkaloid Galantamine.

How to use Galantamine for Lucid Dreaming

The supplement Galantamine [1] is obtained from the flowers and bulbs of numerous different plants and its use has been studied since the early 1950s. Traditionally, users took Galantamine for age related memory loss. However, since the interest in the concept and study of lucid dreaming has began to rise, more individuals have expressed a desire to experience this phenomenon. Different research [3, 4] has been conducted concerning Galantamine and has indicated that the supplement greatly increases your chances of lucid dreaming.

Galantamine [1, 3, 4] creates an environment through which your chances of experiencing lucid dreaming are increased through two major processes; first, Galantamine stops the deterioration process of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter found in both the central and peripheral nervous systems, and second, actually increases production of acetylcholine through the stimulation of different cholinergic receptors.

Additionally [4], an increase in REM density and a decrease in the latency of REM have been observed of the individual taking Galantamine. The increase in REM further enables the instance of lucid dreaming. It is important to remember that when attempting to procure a lucid dream, the faster the individual reaches REM sleep, the higher the chance of reaching the goal.

Another way [4] to use Galantamine to help to induce lucid dreaming is through a structured sleep instance in which the individual is allowed to sleep so as to enter REM sleep as one normally would during regular sleep patterns. These are the steps involved in the structured sleep example:

  • Allow the individual to asleep for 4 to 5 hours to ensure they are in a state of REM sleep.
  • Gently wake the sleeping individual so they make ingest a dose of Galantamine.
  • Once they have taken the supplement, allow them to immediately fall back into the previously achieved REM sleep.

Once the supplement has been digested, all of the necessary conditions for the individual to experience and enjoy a lucid dream have been secured.

Sources

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galantamine
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dream
  3. www.freepatentsonline.com
  4. http://lucidconsciousness.com

Nootropic effects of Lucid Dreaming

lucid dreaming with nootropicsOnce, in Kindergarten, I had my first lucid dream. Being so young, it was amazing suddenly having complete control of my dream, having brought my conscious self into a subconscious world.

I don’t remember much about the dream specifically, but it sprouted into a curiosity of great potential. Many people claim they learn a lot through their dreams. A dream may have the potential to answer questions that bother some people on a daily basis, or have potential to generate new ideas/creations.

Lucid dreaming is that, but one step higher.

What is Lucid Dreaming?

It’s the ability to control what you get. I like to think of it as an opportunity to learn about myself. Imagine creating a room and sitting down across from an exact copy of yourself. You could literally ask your subconscious self any question, and hopefully receive an answer. Every day we try to hide from the truth, mask our emotions/thoughts, and create a fog over rational thinking.

The reason I think lucid dreaming could be a powerful nootropic is because it could be exactly what one needs to make great progress in their waking lives. While this isn’t a typical “cognitive enhancer”, I still think that what people try to achieve through supplementation could be achieved through dreaming.

Many use lucid dreaming as a playground, relieving stress, and becoming infinitely creative. People take nootropics for the same reason, which is why I believe that lucid dreaming is entirely underrated.

Steps to Achieve Lucid Dreaming

  1. Remember your dreams on a nightly basis: Many of us have a hard time remembering our dreams after we wake up, or claim we didn’t dream that night. As it turns out, we dream most night, but sometimes we just don’t remember it. This is known as recall memory. A good way to achieve this is to think back 20 minutes, and try to remember every detail up until the present moment. Another way is to keep a journal by your bed and as soon as you wake up, write down as much of the dream as you can remember, which exercises your recall memory.
  2. Reality checks: This is a term that is thrown around the lucid dreaming community quite often. Every chance you get, remind yourself that you are awake. Some people draw dots on their hands, look at a clock, or flick a light switch. When it reacts as one would expect, they tell themselves “I am awake because this worked”. Once done enough, that person might try a reality check in a dream and suddenly realize they are dreaming.

Lucid dreaming is hard to achieve and takes some people months to achieve just one so it takes practice. A few supplements to try to achieve lucid dreaming are DMAE and Galantamine, but many of the nootropics have this purported effect.

5-HTP for Weight Loss and Better Sleep

Awhile back, I heard about the world of lucid dreaming, and started getting very curious as to how I could consistently obtain lucid dreams. Lucid dreaming on its own can be an enormously powerful tool, though it can be incredibly hard to achieve. The first step to lucid dreaming is being able to remember your dreams.

My friend told me about 5-HTP and said that it made his dreams really vivid, and also helped him fall asleep. This was before I started taking melatonin, so I ordered some and tried it, and started to really like it. One potentially positive side effect is loss of appetite. I noticed I hardly needed to eat the next day (similar to many nootropics) and I felt fine. I didn’t remember my dreams however, but later learned that the ability to recall dreams is related to recall memory (which 5-HTP isn’t for).

I continued taking 5-HTP for sleep (slept soundly, all night), and the weight loss was a nice treat as well. I learned later that in some countries, 5-HTP is used to help alleviate symptoms of depression. The reason this stuff can make you happy, sleep better, and lose weight is because it’s a precursor to serotonin in the brain (though most serotonin ends up in the gastrointestinal tract).

But before you buy some and start taking it every night, you should be aware of some of the problems with 5-HTP as well. Because it increases serotonin in the body, it is possible for your body to adapt to this. Another thing to be conscious of is something known as serotonin syndrome. This is when too much serotonin gets into and stays in the brain and could be fatal, so proper dosing is vital.

I’ve personally stopped taking 5-HTP because I have melatonin for sleep, I’m trying to gain weight, and depression isn’t an issue for me. It’s still a powerful tool, that when used responsibly, could be a great addition to your supplement stack.