The Best Nootropics for Energy

In the summer you run out of energy because you are doing so much and in the winter you run out of energy because of the lack of light and fresh air. In both cases you wonder how you’ll get through a day when you first wake up in the morning. You do get through every day, but crashing into bed seems to have a very literal meaning to you, as you plow face first, sometimes still in your clothes from the day, makeup still on, alarm set for not too many hours from the time you get in bed. Everyone is tired. Whether you are a new parent, old parent, just starting your career, or right in the thick of it, it is a safe bet to say you feel tired.

Side effects of low energy

Lacking energy stops us from doing the things we really want to do, but allows us to make the “I’m tired” excuse:

  • Working out
  • Playing with our kids
  • Having sex
  • Being more organized
  • Going out and being social
  • Pushing ourselves at our job

Instead, we find ourselves spending a large portion of our non-work day:

  • Watching television
  • Sleeping in front of the television
  • Sitting on our electronic devices for hours at a time
  • Wasting time
  • Complaining about how tired we are

You truly don’t have to suffer. We know there are things that need to be done and you want to find a way to get them done, but still feel good throughout your day. Nootropics are supplements that change your brain chemistry and actually enhance your cognition, with many having the added benefit of boosting energy. Drinking 8 cups of coffee in a day is not a solution. Eating three chocolate bars during your 2pm afternoon crash is also not a solution. Red Bull mixed with vodka to stay awake at the next party is not a solution. Nootropic supplements are a solution and they are probably much healthier than all that coffee and sugar and you can take them daily so they give you more energy for your everyday tasks, or you can take them as needed for those times when a boost is really all you need.

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Side effects of nootropics

Along with increased energy, nootropics provide other added benefits (that are also side effects of having increased energy too!):

  • Clearer mind
  • Improved mood
  • Ability to focus
  • Motivation
  • Alertness
  • Better memory

How nootropics work to increase your energy is actually pretty simple. Your brain is made up of systems and within those systems you have neurotransmitters and when these neurotransmitters aren’t at optimal levels (either too high or too low), you’ll feel the effects, which include decreased energy, lower mood, brain fogginess and more. When you take a nootropic for increased energy, the nootropic targets the right neurotransmitters to allow them to function more optimally, which then gives you that energy boost. As a nice side effect, nootropics also increase blood and oxygen flow to the brain, which of course allows your brain to feel better, getting you to feel good.

You’ll have to choose the right nootropic for you and there are many different types that have the effect of increasing energy. Here are some of the best nootropics for increased energy:


People use Modafinil for many different ailments, which include ADHD, narcolepsy, sleep apnea and excess fatigue. You don’t have to have these severe disorders to use Modafinil, but if it can help with these types of ailments, it can surely help you with your lack of energy. Modafinil is a wakefulness agent that gives you greater focus and perceptual awareness. Similar to amphetamines, Modafinil is instead a natural nootropic that doesn’t have the severe side effects that amphetamines do like jitters, anxiety and withdrawal. Modafinil is a nootropic that should be monitored and shouldn’t be taken regularly, so this one is great for those times of stress when you need that extra boost.


Working with your acetycholine and glutamate receptors, Noopept increases energy by giving a bit of a stimulant-like effect. It increases your working memory, your concentration and attention. By taking the nootropic Noopept, you’ll feel like your brain fog has lifted and you can concentrate better on your work or whatever task you have in front of you, on a regular basis. Unlike Modafinil, you can take Noopept daily for your energy needs.

Caffiene and L-Theanine

Taking these two together will have synergistic effect on your body, increasing your energy and motivation. While many people already take caffeine in the form of coffee or chocolate, taking it as a nootropic supplement along with L-Theanine can really help you get you to where you want to be and you won’t experience the typical crash you feel after that coffee high has worn off.

Stacking nootropics

Many nootropic users suggest stacking nootropics to get the best benefit for increased energy. Stacking is similar to what I explained with the caffeine and L-Theanine combo – you put more than one nootropic in you at a time to experience the best results. Many nootropics can’t bridge that brain-blood barrier, so taking a nootropic that can get through that barrier with one that increases the neurotransmitter levels but can’t get through gives you the best effect over taking each on its own. Adding omega 3 to your nootropic stack will often make your nootropics more effective and will protect the brain from damage. Do your research to find out the best nootropics for stacking.

Not having energy can literally be a drag, but by talking to your healthcare practitioner, such as your family doctor, chiropractor or naturopath, you can find out if nootropics are right for you. You’ll also better know what drug interactions nootropics might have with what you are already taking and what dosage is best for someone of your size, sex and age.