How can I hack my brain / concentration?

earthwalker7's picture
Rank: Almost Human | 6,782

How can I hack my brain / concentration?
I tried modafanil (or some equivalent bought from a shady India-based online retailer), downing cans of Redbull, tried lion's mane mushrooms, aand now trying gingko biloba. Whats' worked for you? Caffeine pills are illegal where I am, but I still consume a ton of green tea to energize my brain. My concentration is going to sh*t and my energy level is so low.

Comments (33)

Nov 5, 2019

Interested to know too. Modafinil helped me the first few times I took it. Upped my dose and it ended up enhancing my anxiety so I stopped there and then

Nov 5, 2019

Personally, I took a liking to Piracetam, the first and foremost nootropic. Very subtle effects and you have to take in on a "regular" day, i.e. wake up early, have something to do, think about complex stuff, or else it won't do jack. But if you do that, it's like your motor seamlessly shifts into a higher gear. Very good feeling, increases both concentration and motivation but it's not a "booster" drug at all.
Besides that, I get Ritalin for free but I very seldomly use it, coz fuck those jitters. And for the extra boost in creativity, well, I hopped on that certain Silicon Valley train...

Omnia facit Voluntas - Will alone suceeds

Nov 6, 2019

What's the Silicon Valley train?

Nov 6, 2019

Microdosing bro, don't you read Wired or Medium? Shit's absolutely tight and even legal in my shithole country.

Omnia facit Voluntas - Will alone suceeds

    • 1
    • 1
Nov 6, 2019

Still looking for an answer if someone has one.

    • 1
Nov 6, 2019

U get retalin for free? Do you have add/adhd?

Nov 6, 2019

I mean, it's kind of the yuppie flu so yeah I'm sure he "has" ADHD if he needs to have it.

Nov 7, 2019

No, a person close to me has legit, diagnosed ADHD, but they hate theit pills and say they make them aggressive and unhinged (which is true) so I get them instead.

Omnia facit Voluntas - Will alone suceeds

Nov 5, 2019

take the red pill bro

Nov 5, 2019

Im thinking of something that starts with C and rhymes with propane.

Nov 5, 2019

crow cane

WSO's COO (Chief Operating Orangutan) | My Linkedin

Nov 6, 2019

Cpropane

Nov 5, 2019

Exercise regularly, meditate, make sure you are getting consistent + high-quality sleep, eat good food + drink lots of water, keep your phone out of reach when working on whatever it is you want to concentrate on

Nov 5, 2019

Sleep, exercise, tons of water, good diet, and caffeine are really all you need.

Anything else is a bandaid

    • 1
Nov 5, 2019

This. Although I subtract caffeine personally. Could be the cause of some of my weirder posts but who knows?

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb

Nov 5, 2019

There are a number of scientifically proven performance benefits associated with caffeine - both physical and mental.

Also, I'm an addict, but you know...

Nov 5, 2019

Apparently this stuff works

Nov 6, 2019

I feel like you're trying everything but the most obvious things.

On the natural side, the most obvious thing is legit amounts of caffeine (i.e. coffee) and instead you're drinking green tea which has much lower amounts.

On the drug side, the most obvious thing is ADD meds like adderall and straterra, but instead you're trying modafinil, a narcolepsy drug not typically prescribed for concentration. And yes I'm familiar with the "biohacker" circles who like to talk about modafinil as a concentration aid but no fucking way is it as powerful as ADD drugs for that purpose.

I take modafinil occasionally, like 2-3 times a month, for daytime sleepiness when I didn't sleep at all the night before. Have a prescription bc of mild sleep apnea. It picks me up a bit but for pure focus/concentration, its not better than coffee plus there's a comedown later in the day where you just feel lethargic. Its nothing too terrible but coffee offers equal or better focus without the comedown.

For really boring work, straterra works best. Took it to get me through the bar exam. Makes boring shit more tolerable but I wouldnt say it gives you that energized focus

I suggest you try a few cups of coffee a day and if that doesn't help you, see a doc. The ADD drugs get a bad rap bc of "side effects" but I don't think that's very valid or well understood. What matters is the ratio of benefit to harm. If the drug is helping you and also causing side effects, you can try a lower dose where you might still get the same benefit (because you only needed a certain amount to get going and the extra amount is unhelpful) but the side effects are much smaller.

So I think dosing is overlooked. Also overlooked is taking days off. People will just blindly take a drug every day because the label says so, well common sense and basic science says that for most things you'll be better off if you skip days when you don't need the benefits of the drug. Lets your body reset and prevents tolerance buildup. Risk/benefit analysis needs to be the final arbiter of all of these decisions.

Nov 7, 2019

mostly I think the problem is that I can't sleep through the night. I wake up after 3 hrs, can't go back to sleep for hours, then fall asleep again. So then during daytime I'm not able to function. Yes, I know fixing the sleep is the key, but barring that, I still need to wake myself up during the day somehow. Green tea helps only a little. The other stuff... not really helpful. Not sure what to do. I tried melatonin to help in sleeping but it's not really worked either.

Nov 8, 2019
Comment