Modafinil is a unique medicine. Sometimes our users have some trouble figuring out the best way to use it. So we’ve pooled together some of the best ideas from our users and from our own experiences to help you out. Without further ado, here are the ten best ways to make the most out of your mind once you buy modafinil.
Don’t wait for Modafinil to “start working”
This is a classic mistake. We’re used to taking a pill or drug and feeling it “kick in.” Modafinil isn’t meant to be extremely obvious or overwhelming. Instead, you are actually meant to feel fairly normal. Some people may be able to determine when Modafinil hits the bloodstream, but for others it can be extremely subtle to the point where it isn’t noticeable. Think of it more like taking an aspirin for a headache. You wouldn’t wait around for the headache to go away, you’d just carry on about your day and forget all about it. That’s the best way to start with Modafinil. Take your dose, and carry on.
One of our users pointed out that if she takes even 400mg of Modafinil and just sits around waiting for it, it’ll feel as though nothing is happening. Yet a smaller dose of 200mg at work with things to do shows a remarkable increase in productivity. Get to work, give Modafinil something to do.
Make a plan
Point #1 brings us directly to point #2. Modafinil is best when you have a plan of action for the day. Make your plan before you take Modafinil. The more detailed your plan is, the better. You’ll find you’re able to stick to it and avoid distractions. Make a checklist of things you have to do. Be specific, and create a timetable around your list. For example you might put how much time you want to work on a specific task, or what time something must be finished by.
Modafinil will give you the desire to get things done, but if you don’t have a plan you might end up wasting the day on something unnecessary. One user noted that without a plan he ended up playing video games for 5 hours straight (and playing them rather well he added).
Do something mentally challenging /Worth doing
More than a few customers have emailed us after saying “This pill doesn’t help me study! I spent the whole day on Facebook.” Modafinil really shines when you give it something difficult to do. Whether it’s studying, reading a complex book, solving some difficult math problems, or writing code for a program you’re working on, you’ll appreciate Modafinil more when you put it up against a tough task that requires concentration.
Modafinil will lock you into whatever task you are doing. So it’s up to you to force yourself to start the work you need to finish. If you can crack open that history book, or start working on that thesis paper, Modafinil will take over and do the rest. But if you don’t have the discipline to get to work in the first place, you might just find yourself playing Farmville all day.
Some people report getting headaches when they take Modafinil, sometimes the day of or the day after. Dehydration is a common cause of headaches. In fact it’s the #1 cause of hangover related headaches too! Modafinil, like other stimulants, is a diuretic. This means it’ll cause water to pass through your system more quickly since the body is accelerated. You might notice you have to go to the bathroom a bit more often on Modafinil as a result. That’s a sign that you need to keep replenishing what you’ve lost. It can be good to get some electrolytes in as well. You don’t necessarily need to chug bottles of Gatorade all day, but you can add some salt or electrolyte packets to your water.
We all have different needs so no one rule applies here. Consider keeping track of how much water you drink on a typical day during the week, and then add more to that when you take Modafinil. I personally drink 2-3 bottles of water while I’m at work on a normal day, and maybe 3-4 when I take Modafinil for a busy day. And I stay headache-free.
It’s also easy to forget to drink water as you can become so engrossed in your work that you ignore your bodily needs. Use your phone to set a reminder every so often. You don’t have to go overboard though, just pay attention to what your body needs.
Don’t forget to eat!
Modafinil has a tendency to suppress appetite much like other stimulants. While this might be beneficial if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s not really the healthiest way to do so. There’s a difference between diet and starvation. If you don’t eat well during the day you might find yourself exhausted in the evening or the next day. Not eating also diminishes Modafinil’s ability to improve your performance. Remember that your brain consumes a large amount of calories, and Modafinilincreases that consumption.
The same advice for water goes here. Keep track of your normal eating habits and force yourself to follow those when you take Modafinil. Set reminders if you have to. Or snack while you work. Either way, make sure you are taking good care of your body to get the best results.
Take Modafinil in the Early Morning
Another classic mistake is taking Modafinil too late in the day and finding yourself wide awake late in the evening. Modafinil has a half-life of about 12-14 hours. This means that even 12 hours after you dose, you’ll STILL have a good amount of Modafinil in your system, although the effects should be wearing off. Generally speaking humans are supposed to get about 8 hours of sleep a day, which leaves us 16 hours of up time. Modafinil fits in perfectly with that regimen if and only if you take it first thing in the morning. It should be wearing off by bedtime.
One submission from a customer stated that it seems to last longer than the half-life would indicate: “…it seemed to last longer than that even. My girlfriend just threw a slipper at me and I caught it LIKE A NINJA.” He added that he might just be a ninja in real life however.
Some people like to pull an all nighter with Modafinil, which is fine to do on occasion. You can take your pill after lunch, and go all night, and take another in the early morning so that you can carry on the next day as normal. But it’s not a good idea to do this several times in a row. You can get sick or find yourself overly exhausted later on. Melatonin can help you get to sleep. Try to restore your normal sleep schedule as soon as you can.
Careful with Caffeine
If you’re like me then you are a caffeine addict that needs a daily dose in order to even think about going to work. While Modafinil on its own will give you all the energy and focus that you need, your body still requires caffeine to function if it’s part of your daily ritual. So don’t completely cut off caffeine, lest you be plagued by the typical withdrawal symptoms.
However, you might want to take a less than you normally do. Caffeine can compound some of the diuretic effects of Modafinil, leading to faster dehydration. Some people find that the combination can also be overwhelming, increasing anxiety and producing that annoying jittery feeling. Speaking from personal experience I typically drink 3-4 cups of coffee every morning. When I take Modafinil in the morning I usually just have two and call it a day. When I first started to try Modafinil, I found my usual coffee intake was too much and for the first couple of hours I was a hyperactive mess. Experiment to see what works best for you, but generally speaking less is better.
This point might seem a bit unnecessary since Modafinil is pretty good at keeping you focused on what you’re doing, but therein lies the rub. If you switch activities, you might find yourself locked into the wrong one quite easily without even realizing it. Nowadays we’re constantly bombarded by little things that can pull us away from our priorities. Your cell phone is always notifying you about something, so mute it. If your coworkers are chatty, you might want to find a quieter place to do your work.
If you have a hard time avoiding online temptations, check out the programs “Freedom” and “Rescue Time” which are applications that will not only block various websites or apps when you’re working, but they’ll also schedule occasional reminders to get you back on track if you do get distracted.
If you can afford to buy some, get noise canceling headphones and enjoy the silence everywhere you go for a full immersion into your work.
Put away the Booze
Again, this might seem a bit obvious, but you’d be surprised at the things we hear. There are those who figure that taking Modafinil is perfect for a long night out partying. While you might be able to stay awake longer, Modafinil and alcohol aren’t a perfect mix. Alcohol is also a raging diuretic and it’ll dehydrate you even faster with Modafinil in your system. Users have mentioned that they seem to have a harder time getting drunk or altered in other ways with Modafinil. This can potentially be dangerous, as you might feel the need to drink more to overcome Modafinil’s potent effects. When it wears off, you could find yourself extremely intoxicated, far more than you had initially planned.
Don’t take a smart drug and follow it up with a dumb drink. They each have their time and place, and generally they shouldn’t coincide. That having been said, the combination certainly isn’t lethal or seriously harmful, but the general consensus is that there’s really no reason to combine the two, and the risks largely outweigh the miniscule benefits. Have a vodka Red Bull if you’re trying to stay up all night.
L-Theanine is great for anxiety
If you have a tendency to suffer from anxiety, L-Theanine is a helpful way to combat that. Most people don’t have trouble with anxiety on Modafinil, but if you’re predisposed to it there is a possibility that your anxiety can be amplified by the increased alertness. L-Theanine is sold in pills but can easily be gotten by drinking some green tea.
Most people find Modafinil makes them feel more confident and capable, so this usually isn’t a problem. But as always, your individual experience may vary.
To wrap things up
, perhaps Eddie’s character from Limitless put it best:
“I found that if I maintained an even dose, remembered to eat, and drank no alcohol, the blackouts didn’t occur”