The first time I took Modafinil, it was a complete game changer. I felt alert, focused, and completely involved in every project at work. I retained new ideas and had the mental stamina to power through more tasks and have in-depth conversations with my colleagues. After a few weeks though, I noticed I wasn’t getting the deep night’s sleep I needed…
For many users, Modafinil brings a sustained alertness unlike anything else. It means the difference between lagging behind and confidently checking off task after task, with complete control of your mental game. But, for some users, that very alertness also makes it impossible to get a good night’s rest.
Only a medical doctor can give expert medical advice for your unique conditions and needs. This article brings research and many people’s experiences with Modafinil together, to help support other users experiencing a lack of sleep. However, it’s not medical advice and should be taken with a grain of salt.
Modafinil is often prescribed as an anti-narcolepsy drug, so it makes sense that trouble sleeping would be a problem. If you love the benefits of Modafinil but suffer from restlessness at night, cycling Modafinil can help you regain the deep sleep you need. You can still time dosage for maximum effect but balance it with your sleep requirements.
not every Modafinil user has sleeping problems as a side-effect but, for those who do, it’s important to address the problem.
Pick a Dosage and Cycle to Fit Your Needs
Finding the right dosage and cycle is a process of trial and error, even for doctors prescribing medications to patients. Every person’s a little different, so while there are general dosages and recommendations, it takes some experimenting to find the right amount of Modafinil.
Modafinil has a 10 to 15 hour half-life. That means the mental clarity and focus can last into the night, making it hard to “shut your brain off”. Taking it specifically for task heavy days, like the day of a big presentation, is one approach. Begin your cycle 3 or 4 days ahead so you’ll feel the effects the day you really need them. After that day passes, take a break until the next time you want the extra boost.
Dosages range from 50-200 mg. Experiment with lower dosages to see if you can accomplish the same benefits with less sleep issues. Drop weekend dosages. If you don’t work on the weekends, take these days off from Modafinil to get rested for the work week. Some people find a 5 days on, 2 days off cycle restores their REM sleep over the weekend.
Try melatonin at night. Sometimes you don’t need to change Modafinil dosages at all. If you’re only experiencing minor problems with sleep, try melatonin or chamomile tea before bed. For some people, melatonin at night has been all they’ve needed to balance with Modafinil.
It’s Your Choice
Using Modafinil is your decision. If you’re getting the benefits but feeling too alert at night, it’s well worth reevaluating your dosage and finding a regime that works for you. For experienced users, the added confidence and brainpower make it worthwhile to do some trial and error experimentation.