Stay Awake and Productive With Armodafinil

A brief guide to armodafinil and its benefits-min

With over 1.6 million users over the past few years, Armodafinil is taking the lead as the preferred cognitive enhancer.1 With enthusiastic followers comprised of the most elite professionals including astronauts, doctors, pilots, and military personnel, the benefits of this effective nootropic are worth considering.

What is Armodafinil?

Armodafinil is a drug typically in tablet form that provides a number of stimulating effects to the brain and nervous system. Its unique capacity to traverse the blood-brain barrier allows for extensive applications in affecting the waking and sleep cycles.2

One of its primary functions is treating sleeping conditions, but Armodafinil is also effective at improving endurance and cognitive function long after the mind and body should be resting according to the natural body clock.

How Does Armodafinil Work?

Armodafinil works to stimulate the waking cycle and thereby replenish the thinking and performance juices the brain requires. This is done by affecting the regulation of the neuropeptides orexin or hypocretin. These are found in the thalamus and play a role in waking the brain and body. Studies have shown that animals that cannot produce orexin suffer from narcolepsy.

By activating the production of orexin, Armodafinil essentially “turns on the lights,” or the neurotransmitters. These allow the brain to transfer information, recall pertinent memories, and operate cognition.

Dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and epinephrine levels are all increased by Armodafinil and this allows for a wakeful awareness that is nothing like the juiced up sensation from drinking several energy drinks or cups of coffee.3

Health Benefits of Armodafinil

Treats Sleep Disorders

Conditions of narcolepsy, also known as daytime drowsiness, exist in various degrees of severity depending on how strong the narcoleptic attacks are. At one end, daytime drowsiness can cause emotional distress and strain on professional, academic, and even social life. As the sleep cycle is suddenly engaged, it can become very difficult to focus and retain information.

In more extreme cases, narcolepsy can result in a condition called cataplexy. This is a sudden weakness or paralysis of the muscles as the sleep cycle is suddenly engaged. Narcolepsy can also result in vivid hallucinations and waking dreams.  

Armodafinil can be prescribed to counter this condition by inducing wakefulness during daylight hours and allowing the body to better rest at designated sleeping times.4 Through a proper plan, Armodafinil can regulate sleep conditions.

Improved Performance in Odd Hours

Towards the end of the day, the body and mind begin to wind down for a healthy and badly needed cessation of duties. The rest cycle involves slowing down neurotransmissions and relaxing the synapses that have been firing away all day. Without this important rest, the brain would wear out quickly.

Sometimes resting is simply not an option and a haphazard performance is equally unacceptable. In this case, Armodafinil rings the bells and rallies the cognitive function of the brain for up to 8 hours of quality output.

Studies on military personnel have shown that Armodafinil increases cognitive performance and acuity even after prolonged periods without sleep.5

Promotes a Regular Sleep Cycle

In this age of high-speed travel and international commerce, traveling around the world is a reality for many professionals in a variety of careers. The big problem with traveling is the major adjustment the body must make to the new times and schedules.

Armodafinil is the perfect solution to jet lag as it overrides the natural sleep cycle and can help to reset the body clock. Those adjusting to new schedules, work shifts, and sleeping plans will also find Armodafinil supports keeping pace with a fast-paced world.

Improves Cognitive Function

When the brain is well-supplied with the chemicals it needs to communicate, processing and storing data can be counted on for superior function. Through replenishing the neurotransmitters need to power optimal brain function, Armodafinil enhances the capacity to absorb and apply information. Biohackers have greatly extolled the use of Armodafinil as a nootropic.6

Risks and Precautions for Armodafinil

Even though Armodafinil is generally safe for healthy adults, there are some interactions and conditions that should be considered to avoid any unwanted side effects.


If you have a history of allergic reactions, be very careful when using Armodafinil. Speak with a doctor if you believe you could be allergic to the compounds in this medication.


Armodafinil may alter the effects of other drugs, especially drugs containing amphetamines.


You should inform your dentist or doctor before undergoing anesthesia if you have taken Armodafinil in the previous 2 weeks.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Even though Armodafinil is potentially safe for pregnant mothers, the risks and benefits of supplementation should be discussed with a qualified doctor. This also applies to those who are breastfeeding as too little research has been done to know how this drug could affect a developing infant.7

Final Notes on Armodafinil

In conclusion, those looking to positively affect their physical and mental performance should consider trying Armodafinil. However, buyers should be cautious about the online market that is fraught with unscrupulous vendors of counterfeit products. Furthermore, this medication cannot be considered an alternative to sleep, but a method of improving the sleep cycle.

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Savannah W.

By Savannah Wilson

Savannah is an aromatherapy enthusiast who takes pride in knowing everything about essential oils, from ylang-ylang to chamomile. When taking a break from learning more about essential oils, Savannah likes to spend her time reading books or working out.

Favorite MONQ blend: Sexy

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