One of the most frequently asked questions we get from our readers is this: “can I take my nootropics at night, right before bed?”
It is one of those questions that you might not ever give much thought to, but when dozens of people ask it independently of one another, you really have to acknowledge that it’s probably an important question to answer.
So, can you take nootropics before bed?
Does it matter what time of day you take nootropics?
When is the best time to take your daily nootropic stack?
Let’s take a look at what nootropics do, how they work, and see if there might be some benefits to taking nootropics at night.
Benefits of taking nootropics at night
There are several benefits of taking nootropics at night.
You might not know this, but your brain actually works just as hard at night as it does during the day.
It is during sleep that your body begins all of its repair processes. That applies to the brain too. So it is only at night that your brain is repairing damaged synapses, creating new brain cells, and getting rid of neurons at the end of their life cycle.
It is also during sleep that our brains begin to dream. While the exact purpose of dreaming is not yet properly understood, what is clear is that certain parts of the brain become hyperactive during dreaming; areas that are not particularly active while you are awake. Researchers believe that dreaming potentially serves several purposes at once, including the codification of deep memories and the honing of skills.
We wont even get started on what some psychoanalysts have to say about dreams!
So taking nootropics at night can actually be beneficial.
Taking specific, stimulant-free nootropic shortly before sleep can promote brain cell repair as well as the growth of new neurons. The best nootropics will almost always contain a substance to reduce anxiety too. This will no doubt help many of you get a better night’s sleep.
What is the best time to take nootropics?
There really is no best time to take nootropics.
It all depends on what works best for you.
Most daily, complete nootropics recommend you take them first thing in the morning with a glass of water.
Most of the time, this is to promote better cognitive function throughout the day, when you need it most.
It is also in-part to build a routine to make sure you keep taking your capsules every single day.
However, the best nootropics tend to have effects that last well beyond 24 hours. It therefore doesn’t matter when you take your nootropics. Just be consistent!