Nootropics are supplements used to promote brain function and cognitive well-being. They are used by people of all backgrounds, including students, athletes, the elderly, and now, more increasingly, parents raising a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).
Nootropics work by stimulating different areas of your brain to induce an improvement in your memory, focus, learning, and other mental functions.
But nootropics, just like any supplements, can cause side effects. These include nausea, headaches, and digestive upset. The side effects from nootropics are often mild and happen rarely in individuals who are sensitive to certain ingredients.
That being said, can nootropics cause fatigue? In other words, can nootropics make you tired?
The answer is that some nootropics can indeed make you feel “tired.” Nootropics like L-Theanine and Bacopa Monnieri are natural anxiolytics, which means they make you feel more relaxed by reducing brainwave activity. This can, in some people, produce a relaxing effect to the point of making them feel tired.
We’re going to explore this question in more detail in the following sections. Read on if you’re ready to geek out.
Nootropics That Relax the Mind
The best nootropics relax the mind by increasing the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters are responsible for mood, sleep, and motivation.
The two most researched nootropics that relax the mind today are L-Theanine and Bacopa Monnieri. Let’s talk a bit about each.
L-Theanine is a natural amino acid that can be found in green tea. It can help with anxiety and stress.
L-Theanine has been shown to be effective in reducing the mental and physical symptoms of stress, such as anxiety and irritability. One of the ways it works is by increasing alpha waves in the brain, which are linked to a feeling of relaxation.
Some people find that L-theanine has a relaxing effect because it releases serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters that make you feel happy or relaxed. It also has a calming effect on the alpha brain waves and can sometimes make you feel fatigued.
- Bacopa Monnieri
Bacopa monnieri is an herb that can help calm the mind and make you feel more fatigued. It has been traditionally used as an adaptogen in ayurvedic medicine and can be consumed in various ways, such as tea or capsules. Its benefits include being a natural remedy for anxiety, improving cognitive function, and reducing symptoms of irritability.
How Some Nootropics Can Make You Feel Tired
We know that these nootropics are not for everyone, but for people with a high amount of mental stress, it can be the perfect answer.
Nootropics are typically used to improve cognitive abilities in humans. But how do they make you feel? The impact on mood is sometimes overlooked in the pursuit of cognition enhancement.
As we’ve seen, some nootropics like l-theanine, bacopa monnieri, and glutamine even can make you feel tired.
Nootropics are substances that improve cognitive function in various ways. They “change the way your brain functions” by increasing the production of neurotransmitters, improving blood flow to the brain, and/or protecting against neurotoxins. Nootropics also have an effect on mood and anxiety. You can increase your ability to learn new skills and analyze complex problems.
As we’ve learned today, nootropics can also make you feel tired in certain instances, but this is often a rare side effect of their use. More often than not, you’ll get a boost in mental energy from nootropics, rather than a dip!