5 Reasons You Should Try Modafinil

What are the effects of Modafinil? This is probably the question that I get asked most often, in some form or another. Most people want to know what being on Modafinil feels like. (Others ask whether Modafinil will make them as smart as Stephen Hawking, to which I respond “No, not quite.”) I usually tell them that the difference is subtle, yet it has a profound impact on focus and productivity. I then add that it’s something they have to experience for themselves; since everyone is wired differently, Modafinil’s effects vary slightly from person to person.

For me, the benefits of Modafinil are most evident in my work and study. My natural inclination is to work, which is advantageous, since as a full-time graduate student, a freelance writer and a manager of two start-ups, I have a lot of work to do on any given day. Because Modafinil increases mental focus, when I take it, I have an exceptionally strong desire to ‘get stuff done.’ And since Modafinil also helps to combat fatigue, I can work for long hours without getting tired. That is the difference Modafinil makes for me, in a nutshell.

I have also interviewed dozens of people whose lives were completely changed by Modafinil, including popular smart-drug advocates such as Dave Asprey and Joe Rogan. In my research, I have found that the vast majority of people who have tried Modafinil ended up incorporating it into their daily or weekly rituals. This is a powerful testament to Modafinil’s ability to deliver noticeable and consistent results. After all, if Modafinil wasn’t helping these people, why would they keep on taking it week after week, month after month?

As we at AfinilExpress work to spread the good news about Modafinil with the rest of the world, we hope that you, too, will experience the life-changing effects of this wonder drug. With that goal in mind, I have put together a list of 5 reasons why you should try Modafinil – today.

  1. Everyone can benefit from Modafinil.

Modafinil improves memory [1] and mood, [2] reduces impulsive decision making, [3] increases your resistance to fatigue, [4] and even improves brain function during sleep debt. [5] These are all things that everyone can benefit from, regardless of your age, occupation or baseline intelligence. As Bulletproof founder Dave Asprey puts it, “I’m more inclined to believe people suffer from Modafinil deficiency, rather than it being a supplement.” [8] Indeed, studies have shown that Modafinil not only helps increase productivity but also improves people’s quality of life (QOL) scores, meaning they are happier and more fulfilled. [9]

  1. Modafinil’s effects are clinically proven.

I have discussed this point extensively in other blog posts, so I won’t go into detail here. Granted, the scientific research on Modafinil is vast, including clinical trials and long-term studies on sleep-deprived and non-sleep-deprived individuals. Fortunately for us, researchers at Oxford University have summarized all of the important research. [10] You can read their full report here, but the important thing to note is their concluding statement: “it is noteworthy that with more protracted and complex testing, more benefits are being associated with Modafinil use rather than less, which suggests that Modafinil may well deserve the title of the first well-validated pharmaceutical ‘nootropic’ agent.” [10] This statement is especially impressive in light of the authors’ comprehensive literature review: they analyzed 267 articles in total, including reports on clinical trials, imaging studies and other psychometric assessments.

  1. Modafinil is not dangerous or addictive.

Modafinil is not dangerous or addictive, unlike Adderall or Ritalin. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard someone claim that Modafinil is “like meth” (Usually, they have never actually taken either, or even spoken with anyone who has). Technically, Modafinil is not even in the stimulant category: the FDA classifies it under “arousal promoting,” not stimulating, agents. You can sleep after taking Modafinil, it’s just that you won’t want to because you’ll be so focused. And, for crying out loud, Modafinil is not – I repeat not – addictive. There is no street value for it. Dr. Barbara Sahakian, a leading authority on the neuropsychology of smart drugs, says that although Modafinil can have mild side effects, such as headaches, “it has no addictive qualities.” [11] Just to be sure, though, I consulted my friend, a Harvard-trained physician who operates drug and alcohol addiction clinics throughout New England. He confirmed that “out of the nearly 60,000 patients who have come through my clinics, we’ve never had an addict ask for Modafinil. It is clearly not addictive.”

  1. Taking Modafinil does not constitute ‘cheating.’

In addition to claims of addictive potential, the second most common false accusation I often hear is that Modafinil is immoral. Some people think that using smart drugs to, say, achieve a higher grade on an exam or perform better at work somehow constitutes cheating. I usually respond by asking: Do you ever drink coffee to stay awake? Do you use fire to stay warm? How about electricity? Agriculture? Reading glasses? The point is: people have been using technology to improve performance for a very, very long time . When asked whether taking Modafinil is ethical or not, a friend of mine once responded, “it’s no more unethical than wearing a sweater on a cold day is unethical.” It’s up to you whether or not you want to utilize the technology that is available to you.

  1. You owe it to yourself to reach your full potential.

This is the biggest reason you should try Modafinil, as it stems from the core of who we are as human beings. Most people have a pretty good idea of what they are capable of. Many go through life controlled by their limitations and shortcomings (consciously or subconsciously), while others choose to focus on their potential instead. It is a proven fact that your mindset – whether you choose to think in terms of limitations or potential – often dictates your boundaries of intellectual capacity (Examples include stereotype threat [12] and the influence of performance-based approval on learning [13]). In short, if you believe your intelligence is fixed and there is nothing you can do to improve your mental performance, then you will never reach your full potential. The people who believe they can achieve anything will always outperform those who don’t – this is a scientifically validated fact. [14] If you have the mindset of an overcomer – someone who likes to challenge their own limitations and boundaries – then you owe it to yourself to try Modafinil, since it is one of most powerful tools for maximizing your potential.


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