There are many benefits from taking Modafinil on a regular basis. While many people will find it allows them to live a more normal life because of a medical condition a growing number of people are also finding the benefits of being more focused, alert and attentive.
Modafinil is best known for its powerful, yet gentle, wakefulness enhancing effects. It is completely unlike traditional stimulants such as caffeine or amphetamines. It provides a more natural feeling of being awake and alert, that is also stronger, longer lasting and more effective. At the same time, it has fewer downsides like jitteriness, feelings of anxiety or changes in blood pressure and heart rate.
(This is because, unlike amphetamines, Modafinil does not put the same stress on the cardiac systems of the body. While the exact method of action is unknown it is believed to chemically prevent our brain from being able to perceive tiredness)
Additionally, Modafinil does not alter the body’s natural sleep patterns (circadian rhythm). It is likely that you will fall asleep and wake up at your regular time the day after taking it. Some people also report being able to sleep on Modafinil if they choose to, meaning that it can be used during the day without causing insomnia at night.
To put it simply: Modafinil‘s effect on your productivity is like you feel after the best sleep in you’ve ever had in your life, times two.
Modafinil is also recognised as having a wide range of cognitive enhancing effects that can be useful in study, work or play. These commonly include:
- Greatly improved concentration
- Improved focus
- Improved reasoning and ability to create mental connections
- Increased creativity and eloquence
- Improved ability to enter a “flow”-like state
- Enhanced mood
- More outgoing and extraverted
Modafinil has also found a range of unofficial uses in the treatment of other conditions. Such as:
• Weight Loss:
Due to its appetite suppressing effects and boosted energy levels, Modafinil may also be useful for losing weight. It will also allows you to push harder through your ‘pain barrier’ so can allow you to work out more intensely.
Note: Because of this benefit Modafinil is forbidden in many competitive sports.
Some studies have shown that Modafinil is effective at treating ADHD in adults. It is especially beneficial for those who have previously built up a tolerance to alternative ADHD medications.
• Shift Workers/Military/Medical/Law Enforcement:
Modafinil’s wakefulness promoting effects are useful for anyone who is required to work unusual shifts. Or for those who must work attentively for long periods of time. Studies in Helicopter Pilots have shown they can perform for up to 60 hours continuously with minimal fatigue related problems. Other studies in Surgeons have found benefits for Surgeons required to operate at unusual hours or for prolonged periods.
• Cerebral Palsy:
Studies have also shown that Modafinil can cause reduced spasticity and improved gait and co-ordination in those with spastic cerebral palsy.
Benefits have been found with the treatment of cocaine addiction, mood disorders including: depression, bipolar disorder, opiate and cocaine dependence, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), schizophrenia, and disease-related fatigue.
(Please note: Most of these studies used Modafinil, an older and less chemically pure form of Modafinil, with increased risk of side effects)