For those of you who have not heard of this Smart Drug before, let me give you a brief overview.
Modafinil has been on the market since 1998 and used by people to treat sleep disorders such as narcolepsy and shift work sleep disorder.
It is also used off label for depression, fatigue, and brain enhancement.
It was the first ‘nootropic’ (smart drug) for which a prescription was required.
Modafinil is a well-known ‘go-to pill’ for pilots and soldiers.
How it works in the Brain
One of the things I find fascinating about smart drugs, and nootropics in general, is that they work on the brain in different ways.
For example, whereas most Nootropics affect neurotransmitters in the brain, Modafinil acts more directly on receptors.
Specifically, it increases dopamine and norepinephrine (epinephrine), which are two neurotransmitters that affect mood, energy levels and wakefulness.
This is why it is used for depression and fatigue in addition to sleep disorders.
My Personal Experience
Modafinil is unique because it provides a noticeable cognitive boost without the jitters and anxiety that many people feel when taking other stimulants like caffeine or amphetamines.
In fact, many people report feeling calmer and less jittery on Modafinil than they do on caffeine which I can attest to having taken Modafinil on-and-off for 1 year now.
The cognitive boost Modafinil provides also appears to be more reliable and consistent than that provided by other stimulants.
I have also found that Modafinil has a more noticeable effect on creative thinking than caffeine.
When I take Modafinil, I am able to approach complex problems in different ways and generate more ideas than when taking caffeine.
This is because caffeine only affects dopamine whereas Modafinil affects all three of the main neurotransmitters in the brain; Dopamine, Norepinephrine (epinephrine) and Serotonin.
Another huge benefit I experience taking modafinil is its ability to keep me awake for hours on end without crashing afterwards.
I am a certified night owl, and it is not unusual for me to pull an all-nighter on a Saturday night with Modafinil.
What is unusual for me now is that I have such a high tolerance to caffeine that I need to drink over 2 cups of coffee in order to keep me awake and focused.
It’s probably not healthy either since the crash I get from this much caffeine gives me nasty anxiety, and headaches. Oh well…
Since taking Modafinil, I have found it easier to stay awake for longer without feeling yawny or tired as well as keeping up with my workload and carry out tasks at work faster than ever before.
I have also found that it has improved my focus and attention span as well. Which is a huge plus for me.
Modafinil Makes Me More Creative
Creativity seems to be an elusive concept that most people don’t fully appreciate until they feel extremely creative and inspired.
Being creative does not mean being a creative thinker, it is more about having a unique perspective on the world and being able to ‘see things not as they are, but as they could be.’
I think that I am closer to embodying this philosophy than most people I know. Now, I have no idea if it’s placebo or not, one thing I know for sure is that I definitely wasn’t born with this type of mentality, but it is one that is cultivated over time.
Modafinil helps me a lot in this regard; it makes me more insightful and increases the scope of my imagination.
It also helps with creativity in terms of my career since I can be more creative and innovative at work as a result of being on Modafinil (placebo or not, it works!).
What to expect and will it keep you awake?
Modafinil WILL keep you awake, that’s for sure.. At least in my experience.
The highest dose that I take is 200mg which is the maximum recommended dose. This dosage is enough to keep me awake for 15 hours straight.
I have never been on Modafinil for more than 3-4 days in a row.
As mentioned above, I personally don’t find it addictive either, but this will likely depend on the individual.
I have never felt jittery taking Modafinil either, although I did feel a little anxious at first when I started taking it.
In terms of its ability to keep me awake, Modafinil is second to none.
In fact, I like how it keeps me awake while having the same amount of energy as when I take caffeine in the morning.
And a huge positive for me is that it does not seem to be affecting my sleep cycle at all.
Who should not take Modafinil?
Modafinil is not for everyone, and in particular, it should not be used by people who are currently taking other stimulants.
If you are taking stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin, Modafinil can cause an excessive release of dopamine in the body which is bad news.
Also, people with hypertension, or heart problems should not take Modafinil, so please check with a doctor if you have any of these conditions before trying it for yourself.
Based on my own personal experience, Modafinil WILL keep you awake.
At first I was a bit sceptical about taking Modafinil, but it’s a Smart Drug that has made me feel like a different person in many ways.
The cognitive boost I get from it is incredibly helpful and has improved my life for the better in many ways.
In terms of getting headaches or even feeling jittery on Modafinil, it doesn’t bother me at all when I take it.
Overall, Modafinil has been an effective Smart Drug for me and I am glad that I took the plunge and tried it out.
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