bookmark_borderNooceptin – Day 21

I am now three weeks into my Nooceptin experiment and feel like the effects are holding steady. I do have quite a bit more mental energy even though I’ve been having some difficult days at work and some problematic nights with a moody six-month-old baby boy. I’m not getting the sleep I typically would need, but I have enough energy during the day to do my job without feeling drained. I’ve also felt a lot calmer, without the energy peaks and valleys that I was experiencing pre-Nooceptin. I find it easier to express my thoughts and speak to concepts that were usually more difficult for me to describe. I don’t know… I just feel… better.

bookmark_borderFebruary 24th, 2023

Romans 15:4-6 CSBFor whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures. Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, according to Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one mind and one voice.

Over the last week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the revival that was sparked at Asbury. Growing up in the Pentecostal Church of God (Cleveland, TN), the word “revival” often alluded to things like long services in tents, a guest preacher that yelled a lot, and a communal meal after the service. Emphasis was put on spiritual renewal and confession of sins, but little else. After watching a few of the Asbury services, I’m seeing something completely different; something that has changed my perspective on what revival means. I’m seeing people coming together in communal worship of God, if only for the joy of worshiping our creator. I’m seeing people fellowshipping with strangers, sharing their lives with each other, with their only commonality being that they are brothers and sisters in Christ. Sure, there’s still spiritual renewal and confession of sins, but what Asbury is showing us is that there is so much more to how the Holy Spirit is moving. I think it gives us a small glimpse of what the Day of Pentecost was like for the people that were there. It’s really quite amazing. If there is a theme to what is happening at Asbury, it’s this… Unity. Brothers and Sisters in Christ are being bonded together like we haven’t seen in a long time and it’s creating an outpouring of boldness among them to spread the good news of Christ. That should be an encouragement to everyone because it shows that the power of God is still alive and active and powerful.

bookmark_borderNooceptin – Day 14

I’m two weeks into this Nooceptin project and I’ve noticed a new benefit. I don’t get nearly as hungry as I used to. In doing some research, it appears that a lot of nootropics fiddle with your body’s serotonin response. Serotonin is mostly produced in the gut, so if some magic is happening with my serotonin response, chances are it’s making me feel fuller longer, and I don’t need to eat nearly as much to feel full. It’s a really welcomed surprise to me, and I honestly thing this is a bigger benefit (at least for me) than the whole “more mental energy” thing.

bookmark_borderNooceptin – Day 7

I had to deliver a eulogy today and it was one of the most mentally taxing things I’ve ever had to go through, and I did alright. I needed time to recover in the evening, after the memorial, but I was able to recover somewhat by bedtime. If I had gone through that without Nooceptin, I would have been in bed by 6:00 PM and slept 12 hours. I was also able to get moving in the morning and accomplish a few things, even though I was still pretty tired. All in all, I feel like Nooceptin doesn’t give me high extra amounts of mental energy, but it gives me more endurance and helps me to go longer, recover faster, and generally focus more intentionally.

bookmark_borderNooceptin – Day 6

I slept hard last night and woke up feeling a little groggy. Nooceptin is still helping some though. My ADHD is kicking in a little today, but I think that’s probably more due to not feeling completely rested verses Nooceptin losing its effectiveness. Once Sunday hits, I’ll probably start updating about Nooceptin only once a week. I need to make sure I remember to take it tomorrow and Sunday. I usually only take supplements Monday through Friday, but I feel like this is something that needs to be taken daily so as to not lose the benefits of the effects.

bookmark_borderNooceptin – Day 5

I haven’t felt any noticeable changes today. I continue to be able to focus well even though I’m physically tired. My wife and I didn’t sleep well last night because our son, Hank, is going through a sleep regression and isn’t sleeping more than 30-45 minutes at a time. It’s exhausting, but I’m able to handle it fairly well with Nooceptin in my system. It’s kind of weird, I can feel the fatigue on one hand, but it’s not overwhelming like it usually would be. I’m excited to know what happens when I finally sleep well at night again.

bookmark_borderNooceptin – Day 4

Nooceptin is working well for me. I’m having an easier time focusing on tasks and my attention isn’t drifting nearly as much as it previously did. Adding  Huel to the mix seems to help as well. If my body is getting good nutrition, then I feel like Nooceptin will have the building blocks it needs to be the most effective. One thing that I am noticing is that I’m calmer and quieter. I don’t feel the need as much to fill quiet times with talking. This morning, I got up early to read, and my wife was in the room with me. Usually, that would have been a distraction and we would have ended up chatting, but today I just read and didn’t have trouble focusing. It’s wild man. Is this how people without ADHD feel all the time?