The sudden spike of internet searches on the best places online to buy modafinil are mainly attributed to millennials. This data seems out of place right next to another statistic that says that millennials are sleeping more hours, compared to other generations. Since Modafinil is one of the best wakefulness promoting agents or stimulants currently available, these two statistics seem inconsistent. Before dismissing one or both of these findings, a closer look at the stats and other variables involved do support these findings. So why are millennials consuming the best stimulants at an accelerating rate?
A study by the United States Bureau of Labor and statistics show that millennials, or those who were born between 1981 and 1996 (approximately), sleep some 25 minutes longer each night. With an average duration of sleep each night for Americans at 6.8 hours, millennials are within the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep. Another positive data for millennials that came out of this study is that, despite the longer sleep hours, those who are employed are putting in more hours at work. This side data may support the data about stimulants, but more on that later.
What may appear as improved sleep quality for millennials does have its naysayers. Some attribute the longer hours of sleep to unemployment as unemployment and underemployment rate among millennials are twice the national average. According to naysayers, this supposed better sleep quality may not be better at all because unemployment is causing an artificial spike in the data.
There is, however, a more viable explanation for the improved sleep quality in millennials and it has something to do with the positive behavior that this generation is known for. Perhaps learning from the bad habits of the previous generation, millennials have placed emphasis on the importance of balancing work with life beyond the cubicles and workstations. Millennials are collectively more conscious of their personal development and to achieve growth, this generation is keen on working under more flexible conditions to give themselves time for resting and relaxing. This point brings to focus the other, largely unnoticed variable in this discussion, which are stimulants.
Stimulants are wakefulness-promoting agents that are primarily prescribed for those who are suffering from sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, which is a condition typified by bouts of extreme daytime sleepiness. One of the most popular stimulants among young professionals and students is Adderall. Along with Modafinil, Adderall is also one of the most searched wakefulness promoting agents online. Other examples of stimulants include caffeine, amphetamines, methamphetamines and cocaine. As you can see from these examples, the more popular types of stimulants do not have a good reputation.
Amphetamines, in controlled and therapeutic doses, can help manage cases of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), promote wakefulness, increase muscle strength and improve some cognitive functions. Even in slightly larger doses though, amphetamines have the opposite effect, causing impairment in cognitive function and the loss of lean muscle mass. Higher doses, such in cases of those who use amphetamines for recreational purposes, can result in psychosis and paranoia. These effects are similar to the well-documented negative effects of methamphetamine and cocaine abuse.
Much like amphetamines, Adderall is a drug that is usually prescribed for those suffering from ADHD and narcolepsy. As a psychostimulant that belongs to the family of phenethylamines, it shares chemical similarities with amphetamines. This is the reason why it has almost the same positive and negative effects. Despite these dangers, users of this drug for recreational or nootropic use are under the mistaken impression that it is safer than amphetamines. However, not only does Adderall share the same ill-effects with amphetamines, it can likewise cause insomnia, loss of appetite and dry mouth even in therapeutic doses.
Caffeine, which can be consumed from regular breakfast coffee, is easily the most benign type of stimulant in this section. It has long been consumed to stave off sleepiness and improve focus and alertness. Those who take it as a cognitive enhancing agent, usually stack it with l-theanine as a starter nootropic stack. When taken in larger doses such as in appetite suppressants, caffeine can cause cognitive impairment and other side-effects including nausea, headaches and poor sleep quality.
If Adderall and amphetamines are not the best choices for stimulants and cognitive enhancement, are there better alternatives? The simple answer yes.
There are better alternatives both for promoting wakefulness and as a nootropic agent. This discussion will look closely at three stimulants: Modafinil, Adrafinil and Fluorenol.
As a testament to the effectiveness of Modafinil as a stimulant, the U.S. military has it as a standard supplement for the U.S. Air Force pilots for long sorties, as well as for other military personnel engaged in active combat duty. More than just to keep pilots and soldiers awake, Modafinil is the military’s “go pill” to help ward off fatigue.
Modafinil was developed by Laboratoires Lafon, which is the same pharmaceutical company that developed Adrafinil. In fact, Modafinil was developed from Adrafinil. Although both became available in the mid-1970s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration only approved the medical use of Modafinil more than 20 years later in 1998.
Along with Adrafinil, Modafinil belongs to a drug family called “eugeroics.” This family of drugs is a popular treatment and management option for a wide variety of neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, neurological fatigue brought on by multiple sclerosis, cognitive impairment due of cancer treatments, drug addiction and chronic depression.
What sets Modafinil apart from Adderall and amphetamines is that it does not give you an edgy type of wakefulness that is common with amphetamines, which gives you better focus and concentration. This is a plus for those who are looking to add Modafinil to their nootropic stacks. Even after its effects wear off, Modafinil does not cause anxiety, headaches and paranoia, unlike amphetamines. Because of its ability to also increase physical performance, Modafinil is included in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned performance enhancers.
As a nootropic, Modafinil does show some cognitive enhancing capabilities, either on its own or as part of a stack. Its use is popular among young professionals and students as a work and study aid. With the ability to increase alertness, improve focus and enhance mental energy, Modafinil is a good addition to nootropic stacks with racetams and ampakines. Modafinil also shows promise in helping rehabilitate the cognitive abilities of recovering methamphetamine and cocaine addicts.
Development of Adrafinil led to the creation of Modafinil. Adrafinil is a prodrug of Modafinil. This means that if you self-administer Adrafinil, the liver converts it to Modafinil in your system. These two eugeroic drugs have mirror effects, with the only difference being Modafinil having a faster-acting effect at lower doses. Modafinil is also more potent with a minimum effective dose of 100 milligrams compared to 600 milligrams for Adrafinil. Modafinil is easier on the liver and kidneys because of its high bioavailability.
Fluorenol is also considered as a eugeroic because of its wakefulness-enhancing properties. It is an alcohol derivative of fluorene and is still under research by the same company that developed both Adrafinil and Modafinil. Little is known about this eugeroic apart from the reviews of those who have used it. Initial studies show that fluorenol is even more potent than Modafinil by about 40 percent. Despite being a stronger eugeroic, it has a weaker dopamine reuptake inhibiting property. This means that it has less abuse potential than Modafinil.
Purchasing stimulants online bypasses many issues that are present when purchasing from a brick-and-mortar pharmacy. For one, Modafinil is a Schedule IV Drug in the U.S., which means that you cannot walk into Walgreens and buy it without a prescription. Adrafinil and fluorenol, on the other hand, are supposedly “discontinued” and “never distributed,” respectively. However, anyone can purchase all three stimulants online with ease. Further proof of the availability of these stimulants from online sellers can be seen in blogs and forums that are dedicated to their proper use and dosing.
One big caveat for those who are thinking of buying their stimulants online is that there is a huge number of websites that sell low-quality nootropics. Worse, some may even scam unwitting buyers. To ensure that you’ll only purchase high-quality stimulants and nootropics, stick to established online nootropic dealers or those sellers that are endorsed in reputable nootropic blogs and forums.
There isn’t one definitive reason why more millennials are opting to use stimulants. Using their sleep and work habits as clues, however, we can think of possible explanations for this pattern. Since it is established that millennials are getting more sleep and putting in more work hours, it is plausible that the use of stimulants is for other purposes other than staying awake. Stimulants improve focus and concentration, as well as help in sustaining a high level of mental energy for longer periods.
The equation can be as simple as millennials sleep more, which in turn enables them to have better work output. The stimulants help them improve the quality of their work in the same way that it helps students with their studies. Furthermore, work conditions are also becoming more demanding and competitive, which can cause needless stress and distractions. Stimulants, particularly Modafinil, are also helpful in managing anxiety.
While it would seem that the increasing popularity of stimulants among millennials has so far produced positive results, this generation should remain cautious with its use. Millennials need to take care not to let their use of stimulants disrupt their normal sleep-wake patterns or worse, make them develop insomnia. More than just try to achieve longer sleep hours, this generation should likewise focus on improving the quality of their sleep. Avoiding alcohol before bedtime, reducing the use of electronics and dimming lights at night are some of the ways of improving sleep quality.