Coffee is the most popular stimulant in the western world, some drink it for taste, but the majority use it for the caffeine to get their early morning pick me up. It has become a staple in many societies and most people haven’t considered other ways to get the same results without some of the negative effects. Modafinil is one of those ways. Let’s compare and contrast the two, but first let us take a closer look at modafinil.
Modafinil is a stimulant, similar to the caffeine found in coffee, which can help with staying awake, alert, and focused. The great thing about modafinil is that you get all that you want from a cup of coffee without the jitters, crash, headaches, all while lasting much longer. Caffeine tolerance builds up fairly quickly and you can easily build up a dependence for it, this is not the case with modafinil. The tolerance for modafinil builds up very gradually and there is almost no dependence for it. In clinical trials, once the patients were removed from modafinil after 30 days of use they experienced no adverse symptoms. Modafinil being in a small, easily to swallow pill also makes taking it very quick and convenient compared to the time it takes to brew and drink a cup of coffee (or 3 or 4).
Another major advantage to modafinil is cost. These days people will wait in line to spend $3-4 on a single cup of coffee, while a modafinil pill can be bought for the same price, or even less. When you consider that modafinil lasts about 3 times as long, it’s clearly a better investment.
The Downsides of Coffee
Caffeine can make it hard to really focus due to the jittery effects it can cause and the feeling of something forcing you to be alert and awake. It is very noticeable, especially for those who get headaches during the crash. Attempting to focus can sometimes give a feeling of tunnel vision where you can’t properly keep your eyes on the task at hand. Modafinil has a very subtle feel and makes you feel like you had the best 8 hours of sleep the night before. Due to this you can really focus like you never have before because your mind isn’t diverting that focus into how you feel and keeps you 100% on the task. And there is no worry about a horrible crash that makes you feel groggy the rest of the day, begging for another cup.
That’s not to say that coffee is a bad option or completely obsolete. It is a great option when you need a short boost of energy or if you need it later in the day and can’t stay up too late since caffeine has a shorter duration. Or maybe you are wanting to sit back and enjoy some of the many delicious varieties of coffee available and just have a chat with someone while still getting that energy that gets you through the day. Or possibly instead of just having a pill you want a nice hot coffee to wake you up and keep you warm on those cold winter days that make you want to bundle up and stay inside. There are plenty of reasons why this could be your choice of daily energy.
What should you take?
Which one is best really can depend on a person’s needs. Both substances can be effective in their own way and this is why it is a good idea to look into the alternatives out there because you might just find the one that suits you best. It is always important to research and understand, even well-known things like caffeine, to know if it is right for you and that you are taking the proper dose for you. Some people can be sensitive to caffeine or other substances and can react differently to what might be a common dose to others. So remember to always be safe and do your research.