Idiopathic Hypersomnia and Modafinil

I have been diagnosed with and suffering from Idiopathic Hypersomnia for the last six years. When the symptoms first started, I was working in a high stress position at a law firm. Thinking I was just burnt out, I found a position at a smaller firm where I didn’t have to work so many hours, but despite this, my symptoms got worse. I tried everything; I changed my diet, started exercising, took vitamins, attempted to regulate my sleep cycle. My doctor didn’t seem too interested in what I was telling him and just wrote me a script for amphetamines.

They worked at first, but then I found that I had to keep increasing the dosage. The days I didn’t take them was hell, so I stopped getting my script filled and decided to just try and fight through the exhaustion. Waking up in the morning was a constant struggle because I frequently slept through my alarm. Because of this, being late to work became a problem. Human Resources even laughed at me when I tried to explain the issue, stated that being too tired wasn’t an excuse to be late to work.

After months of warnings, I lost my job. I found another job, the hardest part of which was staying awake throughout the day. I slept every chance I got, twelve hours a night, a nap in my car during lunch and a nap when I got home from work. Everything I did revolved around being constantly exhausted and getting the chance to sleep. Anxiety and depression set in, making everything worse. I felt like a prisoner and didn’t know what to do to change it. One day, I was reading about sleep disorders and treatments and came across information about the drug, Modafinil. It seemed too good to be true, no crash, no dependence, lasts all day…HOW DO I GET THIS MIRACLE DRUG? My doctor had never heard of it so after a ton of research, I found I decided to go for it and order.

After waiting the LONGEST two weeks of my life, the answer to my problem arrived. I took a pill right away and waited for its effect. After about an hour, the fuzziness that enveloped my brain started to dissipate. I seriously cried. The tiredness and fog that had taken over my life, lifted. I had some work to do and was excited to sit down at my desk to get started. Four glorious hours I spent actually working without nodding off, without having to get up and walk around because keeping my eyes open was impossible. I could now work to my full potential again.

The way Modafinil feels is very clean, no speedy feeling, just awake. Since I take it for a sleeping disorder, I wouldn’t be able to get through the day, let alone work without it. There’s no withdrawal like there is with Adderall, and I wake up in the morning (with my alarm) ready to start the day. The best part is that I was able to stop taking anxiety medication, my performance at work improved and I was promoted to a higher paying position. After suffering for six years, I’m extremely thankful that I now have control of my life again. Thanks for reading.

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