Noopept is one of the most potent nootropics on the market. However, depending on who you ask, some users say that Noopept keeps them awake, while others say that it helps them sleep. Who should you believe? Well, read on and find out!
What is Noopept?
Noopept is a nootropic that is like piracetam in structure. However, it is 1, 000 times more potent than piracetam, so you need much less of it to get the same effect. Another key difference is that piracetam only helps you with the initial phases of memory formation, while Noopept also helps you store and retrieve memories, making it a more comprehensive nootropic (1).
Does Noopept keep you awake?
In order to answer this question, it is crucial to know what science says. According to pharmacological studies, Noopept has neither stimulating nor sedative properties. So technically, Noopept should neither keep you awake nor help you sleep (2). So why do some users say that Noopept keeps them awake, while others say it helps them sleep?
One reason may be that according to studies, Noopept is an anxiolytic i.e. it is an anti-anxiety drug. We all know that when we are anxious- about something or about everything- we find it harder to fall asleep at night. Research shows that when we treat our anxiety, we sleep better (3). So, by using Noopept to treat your anxiety, you may improve your sleep!
And there is science to back using Noopept to help you sleep better- In a human study, patients given 10mg of Noopept twice a day were not only less anxious, but slept better than those who were given piracetam (4).
So, what about those users who say that Noopept keeps them awake? Is it all in their heads? No! Insomnia is actually one of the side effects of taking higher doses of Noopept (5). Therefore by all means, take Noopept if you want to sleep well, just make sure you don’t take too much.