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Makes Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder Days OK
Citation:   Endymion. "Makes Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder Days OK: An Experience with Modafinil (exp96774)". Erowid.org. Jun 19, 2020. erowid.org/exp/96774

200 mg oral Modafinil
I am a strong candidate for delayed sleep phase disorder and will be evaluated later this year at a sleep clinic. My body adjusts itself to a 3-4 AM sleep to noon-1 PM waking schedule automatically given the freedom to do so, and I can never get it off this. I have a normal office day job and so that means a lot of days with either very, very low sleep (usually Mondays) or days with cumulative sleep debt, as when I sleep before 3 AM my sleep is very low quality.

For this I was given modafinil to try out. I had tried Adrafinil and was a non-responder, even on 900mg. But modafinil definitely worked.


45 minutes to an hour in, I start to feel a little better and more focused. Although I'm still extremely tired, I suddenly have a resolution to keep working and no longer have to be constantly emotionally on guard.

Around the 2 hour point, it's almost in full swing. I would liken it to having a dirty windshield on your car. Sleep deprivation and fatigue make the windshield dirtier; without modafinil, you have to squint to see past the specks of dust, especially when the sun is shining through the windshield and making your mental vision cloudy. But modafinil takes a big section of that windshield and forces it to be washed clean for several hours. All those tired feelings are still waiting in the edges and you're aware of them, but they do not matter; you feel capable, competent, and able to put things back on autopilot and coast (very productively) through the day, with a natural energy restored from feeling. There is no buzz or anything like that, but the sheer morale boost from not having to work while being super-tired and wanting to just lay down and die is an INCREDIBLE feeling. It's like getting a stay of execution, even if just for 6-7 hours.


There was no absolute superman feeling or anything. In fact, it didn't feel much different than normal lucidity. The huge difference is just natural focus. I tended to stay monomanically focused on certain tasks and see them through to their end, then immediately start new tasks. It was like having binoculars on; I zoom to what I'm working on and am able to ignore the noise and focus up.
I zoom to what I'm working on and am able to ignore the noise and focus up.
In this respect, it definitely increased productivity. There was no buzz and no feeling of preternatural intellect, or anything like that. It just got the job done.


I am 6'7' and 275 lbs., and these effects have come with just the 200mg dosage. I haven't tried any higher dosages and have never taken it on consecutive days. Half the time, at night my heartbeat feels a little bit heavier, but I don't have palpitations and have even been able to exercise on the drug.

Exp Year: 2012ExpID: 96774
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 25
Published: Jun 19, 2020Views: 843
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