In a vigilant state, your mind is more aware of all the things going on around you. You are fully immersed in the moment.
For many, these moments may come only occasionally. Sometimes you just can’t focus on even the things you want to enjoy, and you’d much rather do something that requires less thought, like watch TV half-consciously, or just lay and stare at the ceiling.
With a substance like DMAE, you don’t have to bother with any of that.
Here are the reported benefits of DMAE:
- Increased vigilance and focus
- Increased reaction time
- Improved mood
Sure, with just these you might say it’s just like any other stimulant or nootropic. DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) is related structurally to choline, but there is little agreement as to its mechanism of action. However, it has been fairly well-researched especially on individuals with ADHD.
What made me so interested in DMAE was the idea that taking it long-term could help maintain a chronic, mild state of awareness, motivation and focus, and a reduction of the need for sleep. I could definitely use all of the above.
In my experience, so far, yes, these benefits happen to be the case. It’s been roughly 3 weeks since I began taking around 100 mg per day and I can get up after just 6 hours of sleep and feel well-rested compared to the norm. 100 mg is the dosage recommended on the dropper bottle I ordered and am currently using as opposed to the clinical dosages used in the studies, but I’ll have to see how it goes from here.
So far, so good. No apparent undesirable effects, just a soft increase in vigilance and focus.
In the meanwhile, I’ve been discovering some negative things about DMAE during my internet searches, particularly its potential long-term effects which could prove to be alarming enough for most to avoid taking it altogether. Hopefully I can shed some light on these before I go ahead and recommend DMAE as “best nootropic substance ever”, since it could damn well be up there near the top if these effects aren’t as severe as I’m led to believe.