The Best Smart Drugs for Sleep
Are you feeling groggy, irritable and just plain tired when you wake up and throughout the day? Do you crash into your bed at night without even washing your face, but then end up just tossing and turning letting the worries of the day take over your thoughts? Do you have a depressed mood, weight issues and even some health issues and don’t truly know the cause? Your issue might be that you aren’t getting enough sleep or enough restful sleep. Insomnia and other sleep issues are a major cause of lost productivity and health issues in this country and our busy and stressful lives are most likely the cause. Sleep disorders range from having trouble getting to sleep at night, to actually not getting any sleep at all. It is pretty difficult to be productive when you aren’t satisfying one of the most basic human needs. Just like eating, getting restful sleep is a basic biological function that every human being requires to live.
Lack of sleep can cause or exacerbate other problems in your life including in your relationships, at work or school, in your sex life, your health and even in your sex life. You can’t have sex if you are too tired. You can’t do simple math equations if your eyes won’t stay open. As well, many people mistake tiredness with that other biological need – hunger – turning to food to give them energy, but these are usually the wrong types of food. Studies show that tired people often replace sleep with eating sugar and carbohydrates, which in turn might help in a short period, but the resulting crash is much worse. Weight gain, grogginess and even more unhealthful eating are the result and create a vicious cycle.
The purpose of this guide is not to tell you the horrible effects of sleep deprivation on the human brain and body, because if you are a person who isn’t getting a good restful sleep every night, you probably already know how it is affecting you. You feel exhausted, look aged and maybe even a little depressed, but you aren’t sure what to do about it. Of course, you can go the prescription sleeping pill route, but most people know the long-term effects and the side effects of these drugs can be dangerous.
Some common side effects of the most popular sleeping pills include:
- Nerve damage
- Digestion issues
- Balance and dizziness issues
- Daytime drowsiness
- On top of this, the long-term effects include:
- Rebound insomnia (can’t sleep after stopping the drug)
- Withdrawal symptoms
Smart drugs are not prescription drugs – they are natural substances that work with your brain to balance out the systems and promote better sleep (among other benefits). They range from being a little bit of a boost to helping serious sleep issues. They don’t have the myriad side effects that you see with benzodiazepines and other sedatives and withdrawal symptoms tend not to be present.
Before starting with smart drugs, it is best to talk to a health care provider who can ensure your sleep issues aren’t something serious or medically wrong and can recommend a good course of treatment. While many doctors aren’t always aware of the most up-to-date knowledge about smart drugs, a natural health practitioner will be your best bet in finding out about smart drugs and their effects on your sleep. They can point you in the right direction to finding the best quality smart drugs from reputable sources, as well as prescribe a good dosing and cycling schedule if that’s needed.
Trouble falling asleep
If your problem is that you lay awake rehashing the day’s events and thinking about tomorrow’s to-dos, there is a smart drug for that. Phenibut was developed to assist Russian astronauts with their stress levels (if it can help an astronaut, it can surely help you!). Improving the levels of GABA in the brain, Phenibut turns off the firing synapses that are keeping you awake, essentially getting rid of those persistent thoughts. You’ll feel relaxed enough to go to sleep. Phenibut is a very strong nootropic, so it should be taken on the advice of a doctor and should not be taken regularly.
Waking during the night
Many people are so exhausted their eyes shut before their head even hits the pillow, but for whatever reason, they wake long before they are fully rested. This could be because of medical issues like urinary problems or because of alcohol or drug use, which has the effect of waking you up when they wear off. Aniracetam is a good smart drug for people who wake during the night and would rather keep sleeping. Typically it is used for dementia-related disorders, so it also has a cognitive-boosting effect that will stay with you during the day.
Not feeling rested
You know you slept, but you still drag yourself out of bed in exhaustion. This could mean that you aren’t getting restful sleep. Reasons for not getting a restful sleep could be too much light in the bedroom, too much noise (i.e., from a snoring spouse) or grinding your teeth. L-Theanine is an amino acid that promotes calm in the brain, allowing you to get the best sleep during those precious hours.
Other smart drugs of mention that aid in getting sleep include:
Using the smart drugs mentioned in this guide alone or stacked with one another should help you get the rest you need to function. It may take some trial and error to find the one that works best for you and at what dosage. If you use other supplements for focus or attention, note that they often have the effect of disrupting your sleep so you may want to observe how you feel when you take them and find out if lessening their doses will help you achieve more restful sleep.