As anyone who’s ever worked in IT can tell you, the entire industry is fueled on one thing only: caffeine.
Yep, for the entire time I worked in IT was soup bowls of coffee upon arrival, another soup bowl for morning tea, followed by yet another after lunch. Multiple years of this taught me two things: being a computer janitor sucks, and I fucking hate coffee.
I mean, that’s kind of unfair, I love a cup of smooth, well made coffee. Let’s face it though, 90% of coffee out there is awful, and it’s hit and miss as to whether you’re going to get a good cup.
On top of that, the side effects are awful, and get worse depending on how bad the coffee is. I would feel jittery, get headaches, constantly need to go to the bathroom, get a sore stomach, and let’s just say that a whole day of coffee isn’t inducive to sleeping well. This would lead to more caffeine being necessary the next day, and none of this helped with concentration.
It’s not even a cheap habit to have – $3 to $5 for a cup of coffee multiple times a day, 5 days a week is a lot of money that could be much better spent. Even at $3 per cup, 2 cups a day, 5 days a week, that’s $120 a month. More than enough to pay for my cell phone bill and internet bill.
But what could I do? I didn’t know of any safe alternatives, and stimulants like amphetamines aren’t exactly easily available and are pretty dangerous.
That of course, was all before I found Armodafinil, and I’ve never looked back. When you make the comparison it’s pretty clear which comes out on top:
Coffee: Very, and for some people kicking the habit can be a bitch
Armodafinil: Not physiologically addictive at all
Coffee: $3 – $7 a cup, lasts for an hour or two, and quality is dependent on the university student making it
Armodafinil: $3 – $1.97 a pill, lasts up to 15 hours, made by a massive professional pharmaceutical company
Coffee: Wakes you up, kinda, doesn’t really do anything for concentration, becomes less effective over time
Armodafinil: Wakes you the fuck up. Improves concentration and has a wide range of other cognitive benefits. Has been proven to keep people effectively awake after 40 hours of sleep deprivation, with cognitive ability at pre-deprivation levels.
Coffee: Headaches, jitteriness, constant need to go to the bathroom, addiction, stomach aches
Armodafinil: None, depending on the person. Some report headaches, nausea and dizziness. Insomnia the next night can be a problem.
Coffee: Usually full of sugar and dairy products to make it taste better, making you fat and causing spikes in blood sugar
Armodafinil: Reduces appetite, full of armodafinil.
I mean to me the answer is pretty obvious. Sure, I still drink stuff with caffeine in it, occasionally even when using armodafinil. If you enjoy it, why not? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to stop drinking coffee for the boost, and start enjoying it purely for the taste? How about one or two awesome cups a day instead of four a day of awful sludge mixed with cream and sugar in an attempt to mask the taste?