I've known about the subject of nootropics for quite some time, and in the last two years I've seen a drop in energy, more brainfog and horrible concentration, plus the effect these and other things have on mood. My university major is quite mad, with all-nighters being not only common but quite frequent. Coffee and other energy drinks based on caffeine and sugar are something I have consumed extensively and got to known their limitations and drawbacks.
I have read extensively about the use of amphetamines as study aides but the jittery mania and subsequent comedown and addiction is exactly what has driven me off caffeine. I don't want to be hyperactive, I just want the need of sleep to go away so I can be productive on drowsy days and so I can survive 40 hour marathons without uncontrollable shakes, microsleep, sudden mood crashes and shit like that.
Since last week the heat here has been horrible and I'm pretty much falling asleep all day; and university soon starting again with rather intense classes I know the all-nighters are just around the corner. I did a bit more investigating about sleep-defeating methods and came upon modafinil
, which is most commonly given to narcoleptics and other sleep disorders. Since it apparently causes no chemical dependence and the stimulation does not provoke shakes, as well as having no crash and acceptable side effects, it seemed rather attractive for my purposes. Then after realizing that it's not a controlled substance where I live, I decided to finally experiment on myself a bit and got me some.
I'll post some stuff about how it goes in a couple of weeks after I have had time to test it.
Yes, I am currently on it as of this very moment and today has been the only day in the last weeks I didn't collapse on my bed at 4pm exhausted. It gives a subtle increase in energy and focus; nothing superhuman but the brainfog and drowsiness is totally gone...
I'm also left wondering how has that aniracetam been working for you Agent Intellect?