The History of Modafinil

During the late 1950’s a French chemist named Michel Jouvet soon discovered the complexities of sleep using new techniques of the times such as E.E.G.
scans. This led Jouvet to discover what is commonly referred to as the REM
state of sleep. These sleep periods determined the stage of wakefulness one
might experience. These discoveries led him to examine sleep disorders such as
Narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is a chronic brain disorder that involves poor control of
sleep-wake cycles. People with narcolepsy experience periods of extreme
daytime sleepiness and sudden, irresistible bouts of sleep that can strike at any
time.  These “sleep attacks” usually last a few seconds to several minutes.

Later on in 1970’s Jouvet created many different chemical compounds targeted
at combatting narcolepsy. The first rendition of Modafinil ever created was a drug
called Adrafinil. Unfortunately, Adrafinil was shown to have traces of harmful
chemicals. After many years of hard work and research Jouvet created Modafinil.
Modafinil was the ticket to combatting Narcolepsy, without the harmful side
affects associated with its predecessor, Adrafinil.
Modafinil was intended to “decrease extreme sleepiness due to narcolepsy and
other sleep disorders such as difficult/irregular breathing during sleep.” In
addition, the drug was prescribed to battle “shift work sleep disorder” (SWSD) —
in layman’s terms, it helps users who work at night stay awake through their


By the 1990’s Modafinil was widely approved by the F.D.A. Patients who suffered
from sleep disorders loved the product.

Through more rigorous research and development, scientist discovered Modafinil
was able to affect people who did not suffer from any sleep disorders in positive
ways, such as its ability to enhance alertness and focus. In the early 2000’s the
military saw this advantage and soon prescribed Modafinil to the United States
Air-force. Modafinil was specifically used during the 2003 Iraq War.

Today, Modafinil has grown very popular in the academic world. Students in
particular love the enhanced performance it offers when they need help with
studying, retaining information, and passing difficult test. Because of the growing
popularity and benefits, people all over the globe are learning the benefits
modafinil offers. On top of the popularity, Modafinil has been shown to have little
to no addictiveness or withdrawal symptoms, making Modafinil the most popular
brain pill to ever exist.