Getting to spend a day in bed is nice every now and then. No work, no responsibility, just sleeping, watching movies, and having your meals brought to you. But after my car accident back in 2011, I was bedridden for months, and even today I’m still not fully recovered. I can tell you from firsthand experience that staying in bed all day, every day, isn’t nearly as fun as it sounds.
To put it bluntly, I became depressed. Not being able to move for so long had sapped me of my energy, motivation, and my ability to stay focused. Instead, all I wanted to do was sleep, and so for months, that’s all I did. There were things I wanted to do and ways I could still be productive, but I just bring couldn’t myself to do them. I was in a rut.
Finally, with the help and support of my family, I did something about this daytime fatigue. I knew that I didn’t want to take antidepressants or something potentially addictive, so I skipped the doctor and began doing my own research online. Pretty quickly, I came across Modafinil. Originally intended as a treatment for narcolepsy, people were raving about its ability to lift their mood and increase their productivity. Curious, I ordered a month’s supply of Modalert from Afinil.
When I took Modafinil for the first time, I was nervous. Even though the research I had done said the drug was safe, and there was very little risk of addiction if I took it as directed, I was worried that I was putting all my hopes in something that wouldn’t work. Luckily, I was proven wrong. After taking Modafinil consistently for a week (100mg once a day), I began to notice a remarkable difference.
First, I felt more alert than I had since the accident. For the first time in over a year, I made it through an entire day without feeling the need to nap. That alone was remarkable, but it did more than that. For the first time in who knows how long, I felt genuinely happy. My bed transformed from a place of confinement and misery into a productive workspace. All I needed was my laptop and a notebook, and I could spend the entire day working on what I was most passionate about without feeling tired or burned out.
My Current Thoughts
As of today, I’ve been taking Modafinil for nearly two years, and I can’t imagine where I’d be without it. I have hardly experienced any side effects while taking Modafinil. Taking it with a cup of coffee in the morning made me feel a bit jittery and more anxious than usual, but that problem went away as soon as I stopped combining the pill with caffeine.
Of course, I can’t guarantee that Modafinil will do the same for you or anyone else. That’s something only your doctor can tell you. I can only share my own journey and the way that it has changed my life for the better. I hope that as more research is done, Modafinil use can become more widespread and improve the lives of others in the same way that it has improved mine.