Tracking the Effects of Nootropics
There are tons of studies and self-experimentation evidence out there that nootropics work. Most supplements and foods that are considered nootropics have been throughly research. While something may show signs of memory or learning enhancement, does that mean it will have that effect on you?
Your brain chemistry is different from everyone else’s. Something that keeps me focused or improves my memory won’t necessarily do the same thing for you.
If you want to know the exact way that certain nootropics will interact with your own brain and body, you need to experiment with them. Not only experiment, but you need to actually track what they are doing. While keeping a journal with entries like, “I feel smarter today” or “My memory is working better today” will give you some insight, it’s not exactly the most accurate or scientific way to really understand how they are affecting you.
When taking any type of supplement or performing any type of biohack, you need to have a goal in mind of what you are looking to accomplish.
Nootropics are no different.
What are you looking to gain from taking them?
- Increase your memory?
- Improve your focus?
- Learn and retain information better?
- Improve your mood?
- Decrease you stress levels?
These are things you need to decide before you start experimenting.
Design Your Experiment
Once you figure of the WHY, you need to design the experiment.
Before you try to improve something you need to have a baseline of where you are right now.
Thats where the baseline assessment comes in. This will give you a reference point to refer back to as you try different nootropics or hacks. It’s best to test you baseline for at least a week to get an average baseline since many different things can change our cognitive function on a daily basis.
Once you start taking the nootropic, you need to test to see if it is improving your cognitive abilities.
When testing a new nootropic, it’s best to test every day. I like to test for a week while taking the nootropic and then stop taking it for a few days and test to see if the effects drop off.
In the video below I talk a little bit about some tools I use to test nootropics. Try them out and let us know how they worked for you and what nootropics had the best effect on you.
Check out the video below to learn more!