So you’ve done your research about this magical compound, and you're trying to find out what exactly you can expect to get out of it. Well you've come to the right place.
I've used Modafinil extensively to accomplish a variety of goals, and I'll get into specifics of each individual one below. The post is split up into how I used Modafinil to accomplish different goals, the effects that will come about regardless of how you use it, and what you can expect through long term use.
Delayed Fatigue (physical and mental):
Unlike amphetamines like Adderall which speed you up and give massive energy spikes followed by crashes, Modafinil works by delaying mental and physical fatigue. You physical and mental endurance will both be greatly enhanced as a result.
The feeling is similar to a mild caffeine buzz that lasts the entire day.
Its not going to make you feel running around. The best way to describe it would be a calm and smooth energy that lasts the entire day, with a very smooth come down.
The most important thing to keep in mind is the timing in which you take it. Due to the incredibly long half life (12 to 16 hours), considerable planning should be done beforehand to avoid developing irregular sleeping patterns or burnouts.
Directed Sense of Focus:
The sense of focus combined with the lack of tiredness is what really gives Modafinil its name.
Be warned though, it can work against you IF YOU LET IT.
The drug will allow you to focus on whatever task you have at hand. When I first started using it, there would be days where I would just stand in my shower for 45 minutes with my mind racing, or just zone out for hours at a time doing some trivial task. With experience and work ethic, it becomes less and less of an issue.
If you choose to write up a to do list, place yourself in an environment, and start working with the intention of achieving your goal, the enhanced focus will work to your benefit.
If you don't have a sense of purpose or any concrete idea of what you're trying to accomplish, it will cause you to focus on whatever irrelevant time waster you chose to preoccupy yourself with.
Calm and Collected Nature:
Whether you're prone to any kind of anxiety or not, Modafinil will help you relax and give you a warm feeling of "everything is going to be alright".
The best way to describe it would be a sense of well being.
Anxiety is caused by the mind wandering. When you're not preoccupied by distractions, you don't give yourself a chance to get anxious.
Fluctuations in Appetite:
If you read reports across the Internet, people will swear up and down that Modafinil is a powerful stimulant, and therefore kills your appetite.
Out of the many times I have taken it, there have been days when I ate less than usual, days where I ate significantly more than usual, and days where my eating patterns stayed the same.
How it will impact your appetite has more to do with your own metabolism, body type, and how your own body responds to the drug.
Personally, I have a pretty fast metabolism, and I generally don't have to diet much to get down to low bodyfat. If I take it in the morning on an empty stomach, I become ravenously hungry within half an hour. On days that I'm lifting harder, my appetite shoots up in line with the level of physical activity I do.
As a general rule of thumb, Modafinil will act as an appetite suppressant for most people. There are a lot of other factors that will play into your appetite and the only way to know to what degree or how it will affect you is to experiment and try it out for yourself.
Studying/Learning and Retaining Complex Information:
This is probably one of the biggest reasons people turn to Modafinil to in the first place. College kids looking to get that competitive edge in studying for their classes and preparing for exams.
This was the reason I first turned to Modafinil, AND BOY DID IT DELIVER
After a few hours (or few minutes depending on your attention span) of intensely looking over a complex subject while trying to absorb and learn the information, your mind starts to wander and you can feel yourself start to get restless.
Everyone has a different threshold for this, and the more you study, the higher this threshold goes. Once you pass it, mental fatigue sets in and you find it harder to stay on task. This is in addition to all the time wasting distractions like social media, text messages, and the internet.
When studying or working on a monotonous task on Modafinil, your "boredom threshold" is extended significantly.
You no longer feel tempted to kill time on Youtube. You no longer care about your phone buzzing. They feel like distractions to your mission, as they should be. 3 hours may go by, and you're so focused on the task at hand, you hardly notice.
Prior to using Modafinil, I had the worst work ethic imaginable for schoolwork. The only reason I got half-decent grades was that when it came down to the last minute, I would get serious and get some results.
But I would also often forget to do homework or turn in assignments late. If I sat for any longer than 30 minutes to an hour on it, I would get bored and restless and rationalize procrastinating to do it later.
A doctor might have said I "had ADHD", but looking back I was just trapped in a cycle of committed laziness. Modafinil helped me break that cycle, and very quickly.
With continued use, I've disciplined myself to be able to sit for longer hours and work harder even when I'm off.
When you sit down with a predetermined plan of action, whether that's to work on a project, or study for a class, while you're on Modafinil, you feel compelled to continue to work on the task at hand until it is finished. Taking breaks from work feels like you're killing time.
When you get the ball rolling, you feel driven to continue to work on the task at hand. When you wake up the next morning and you realize how productive you were the day before, its far more likely that you'll try to continue to work and keep the ball rolling, rather than wasting time and getting nothing accomplished.
I was always pretty consistent with this, even before I ever started using Modafinil. I would not recommend taking it solely for the gym UNLESS that is your number 1 priority at this point in your life.
Along with the stimulating effect, Modafinil will absolutely give you a stronger sense of purpose and focus in the gym (or any physical activity really). You should be able to bust out a few more reps on certain exercises, but don't expect any kind of dramatic strength increases.
I notice that when I'm using heavier weight, the enhancement the number of reps I can do is more or less the same, as it cannot take me past muscular failure. On exercises with lower weight and higher reps, that focus more on pumping and getting good muscular contractions, the difference is much more pronounced.
By allowing me to overcome the pain barrier that comes with going for crazy gym pumps, I always leave the gym feeling like I had a better workout.
Again, this is mostly psychological.
Modafinil is not an anabolic steroid, so don't expect to be blown away by massive strength gains.
I don't do this normally, but on the occasions that I did take Modafinil and go out at night to party, it definitely enhanced my experience. The loss of anxiety and my overall sense of "everything is going to be alright" that I get out of Modafinil is better than the loss of anxiety that alcohol gives.
Even if you are a naturally introverted person, it will cause you to be more social and genuinely interested in the people around you. If you're the kind of person that gets nervous around large crowds or looking to be more social, its worth giving it a shot.
Due to the incredibly long half life of the drug, you're probably going to be awake for at least 12 hours after ingestion, which could mess up your sleep schedule.
I am not naturally prone to anxiety or social phobia, and am normally one step ahead in conversations, but on Modafinil, I feel like I'm 2 or 3 steps ahead.
Definitely beneficial if you're trying to meet people or just get laid.
Overcoming Laziness and Increase in Long Term Productivity:
Before I started taking Modafinil, I had a piss poor work ethic.
I don't claim to have built my work ethic on it, and I don't try to sell anyone on that because at the end of the day nothing works unless you do.
If you are an ambitious person and you have dreams of being a high achiever, yet lack the discipline to work hard on a daily basis, Modafinil can help tremendously in building the work ethic and discipline necessary to be successful in the long term.
The way it does so is more indirect, and it works a little something like this. You plan out ahead of time what you are going to work on, and you take Modafinil for the purpose of getting XYZ tasks done.
You have a more productive than normal day on the days out of the week that you decide to take it. The sense of accomplishment and pride that comes from achievement builds up. Even on days that you're not on Modafinil, you are inclined to work a little harder than normal to keep the ball rolling.
Extrapolated over a period of a few weeks to a few months, you should be more productive overall and aware of how valuable your time is.
The daily sense of accomplishment and effort will build gradually over time and result in better overall productivity and quality of life.
This topic is worthy of a post on its own, and I'm going to get into specifics on exactly what I did to overcome my own laziness and how you can emulate it.
Even though I put in a tremendous amount of effort into every area of my life, I would be in denial if I didn't give credit where credit is due.
Modafinil has helped me TREMENDOUSLY and I don't think I would have been able to accomplish much of what I have accomplished without it.
That being said, you still have to put in the work. Life is what you make of it and no drug is going to escort you away to the life of your dreams without a considerable amount of effort and dedication on your part.