What should I do to make sure that smart drugs won’t interfere with my sleep?

Some smart drugs are wakefulness-promoting agents that make sleep more “optional” than required.  Others are stimulants that actually work against your ability to sleep.  (And still others may make you drowsy!)

If you want to maintain your regular sleep schedule, there are two things you can do:

(1) Don’t take stimulants (like caffeine, for example) in the afternoon or evenings.  The precise cut-off time will depend on your individual biochemistry, so you may need to experiment a bit here to find what works.

(2) Take up to 3mg of melatonin 30 minutes before your desired bedtime.  Sweet dreams!

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