I have been working shift work for the past year and a half and I have been finding the transition between shift rotations – from days to afternoons to nights not as easy as it used to be at the beginning. Some of the other people I work with (mainly men) rely on coffee and some unmentionables but I don’t want to go down that route. My brother-in-law, who has been working shift-work for closer to 10 years, but at a different plant, suggested I look into something called Smart Drugs. I was really skeptical at first and sort of brushed off his suggestion, but it was almost becoming unbearable, and I was afraid I was going to throw in the towel if I did not find a legitimate solution. It took me a long time to get this full-time gig and I absolutely did not want to walk away from it. When my brother-in-law started talking to me about Smart Drugs I was not familiar with the term and thought he was simply referring to a natural supplement with stimulant properties. I should have asked more questions, it would have saved me some time and money. Because without doing a whole lot of research on my own, I bought a supplement that promised more energy but I found that all it did was give me a jolt and make me feel extremely anxious, I really felt like I was on edge most of the time. I also had a hard time falling asleep, which in the big picture of what I was trying to accomplish was counterproductive. When I mentioned this to my brother-in-law he clarified that Smart Drugs are a supplement category all on their own and that he had been using one called Piracetam without fail. I decided to then give myself break from the other supplement I was taking over the next week and transitioned to Piracetam without a problem. What I immediately liked about Piracetam was that I did not actually feel a boost or a jolt of energy. But what I definitely noticed was a difference in my productivity and clarity at work, which is always a good thing especially when you are working the line. I am not a coffee, pop or tea drinker so I find that anything with too much of a boost or stimulant properties make me feel on edge like I mentioned, luckily Piracetam doesn’t have that negative effect on me. I would highly recommend this to anyone who works shift work or is feeling a little foggy during the workday. My girlfriend works a desk job and has just recently started taking Piracetam – about two weeks – and she too has noticed an increase in her clarity and focus. She was having a hard time with afternoon grogginess and it seems to be helping her get through that time of the day more easily. She takes it a little later on in the morning, around 10am I think. I personally have been using Piracetam for just a little over two months now and I am incredibly thankful that I followed my brother-in-laws advice. I have been told that it is beneficial to cycle off for a short time and then re-introduce the Smart Drug as your body can build up a tolerance. I have not found this to be the case so far, but I do have a couple of weeks of vacation coming up so I figure what better time to do this. I may not cycle off for the full two weeks, but I will play it by ear. My brother-in-law on the other hand has not cycled off as he does not feel the need to and he has been using Piracetam for a lot longer than I have been, closer to a year I think – to each their own I guess. One thing I did have to do at the beginning was adjust my dosage and after I cycle off I am going to start at a lower dosage and then work myself back up to where I am now. I think it will allow me to extend the full benefits more thoroughly. I have been telling my buddies at work about it as well and sharing my success story, my brother-in-laws wisdom and most recently my girlfriend’s experience. I believe it is a great alternative to other options out there and a good quality recommendation from a friend in a similar situation is always appreciated.
If I could offer anyone a little piece of advice that is new to buying nootropics, I would say the hardest lesson I learned from all this was blindly going into a supplement store and buying something that I thought was a good fit for me. It is really important that you not only know what your taking and why but that you ask questions before introducing a supplement, especially one that is connected to your mental state. With so many options for buying Smart Drugs and supplements in the market these days, I think it is really important to buy from a notable and reputable company. I decided that instead of buying my supplements from a general fitness store that sells an extensive variety of supplements that I would seek out a reputable company that focuses their knowledge and expertise on Smart Drugs and similar supplements. It is also super convenient that it arrives at my home in a timely manner, one less errand to run.
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