Skip to main content
Ages 13+
Under 13

Oneiric Cuisine: Food That Favors Lucid Dreaming


Did you know that whatever you eat has a direct influence over your dream life?

As enigmatic as they are, dreams seem to belong to some parallel and almost uncontrollable world; to the extent that we sometimes feel that they are not really connected to us. We, however, are one with our dreams and there are many ways in which we can strengthen this unity.

Food has a strong influence on the quality of our oneiric experiences. It is said, for example, that sleeping after eating or drinking in excess will lead to nightmares or at least to ominous dreams. But regardless of the results, the premise is quite simple: what we eat has a direct effect on our dreams.

Vitamin B6 for example, in quantities of 200 mg or less, is highly recommended to ease our mind, and thus the rhythm of our dreams. It transforms tryptophan (an essential amino acid) into serotonin and niacin, both neurotransmitters that regulate our appetite, our sleeping patterns and our general sense of wellbeing.

This is why tryptophan is a fundamental element in this oneiric diet. The daily recommendation is 392 mg for men and 322 mg for women, a dose that can be easily obtained through food.

Finally we have serotonin, which, somehow, is the logical and physiological consequence of the two previous elements. Vitamin B6 helps the body generate tryptophan, and tryptophan then helps with the production of serotonin. Due to its characteristics, the latter can only be produced naturally. But there are several ways we can trigger this process. The food we eat, our workout routine, spending time in the sun, kissing or receiving a massage can help us produce serotonin.

So, here are some foods that can help you increase your chances of having lucid dreams, one of the most useful methods for getting to know who we really are.

100 grams of chicken contain 0.41 grams of tryptophan

1 cup of soybeans contain 0.39g of tryptophan

100g of turkey contain 0.38g of tryptophan

1 tablespoon of soy sauce contain 0.03g of tryptophan

30g of cheese contain 0.09g of tryptophan

100g of tuna contain 0.38g of tryptophan

100g of venison contain 0.36g of tryptophan

¼ of a cup of sunflower seeds contain 0.17g of tryptophan

100g of lamb contain 0.35g of tryptophan

100g of salmon contain 0.35g of tryptophan

100g of shrimp contain 0.33g of tryptophan

100g of cod contain 0.29g of tryptophan

100g of tofu contain 0.14g of tryptophan

1 cup of beans contain 0.18g of tryptophan

We recommend that you eat these foods at night, a few hours before sleeping (and with a little luck your inventiveness in the kitchen will lead to new nocturnal adventures).

Bon appétit and sweet dreams.

Related Articles