In the past few months, I have found a number of supplements and hacks to help me maximize my sleep. One of my favorites is Onnit’s New Mood, a supplement I use not only to help me with sleep, but also to help me deal with high-stress situations, like travel.
Looking for the best way to optimize my days, and take full advantage of a restful night’s sleep, I decided to give another one of Onnit’s products a try. A friend of mine had recommended Alpha BRAIN a number of times, and after reading the description of the product on their site, I decided to give it a try. Manufacturer Onnit claims Alpha BRAIN can have an effect on lucid dreaming, and this particular friend swears they get better sleep when they take Alpha BRAIN.
A nootropic, designed to optimize cognitive health and performance. Clinically studied to help healthy individuals support memory, focus and processing speed.
Onnit Flow Blend – 650 mg
Onnit Focus Blend – 240 mg
Onnit Fuel Blend – 65 mg
In addition to the above ingredients, this supplement contains vegetarian Capsule (Cellulose, Water) and Bamboo Silica.
Following the bottle’s directions, I took 2 capsules in the morning with my breakfast and my usual morning coffee. I felt focused and clear-headed, within 20 minutes of taking the pills, but there weren’t any jitters or anxiety. I also thought that these helped me recall information quicker, and the feeling lasted well into the afternoon, without a crash. I will definitely reach for these pills whenever I have a stressful work situation.
As suggested in the bottle, I also took 1 capsule in the afternoon, 6 hours before bedtime, to induce what Onnit refers to as lucid dreaming. These dreams were as vivid and as wonky as the ones I had while taking Iron Dream, though maybe a little less farfetched. I experienced truly “lucid” dreams once while taking Alpha BRAIN for two weeks (I was aware I was dreaming, at least somewhat), but this seems to be an effect that varies pretty significantly from person to person. My friend, for example, has never experienced this effect when taking Alpha BRAIN. All the dreams I had when taking Alpha BRAIN seemed more vivid than normal, though.
I still experienced restful and restorative sleep, and will use it again, but mostly for the mental boost I felt. Final word on the Alpha BRAIN review is that it seems to me like a great nootropic and a fairly decent sleep supplement — I still prefer New Mood for rest and relaxation.
I really liked Alpha BRAIN both as a cognitive booster, and potentially as a lucid dream inducer when taken in the afternoon, though that effect seemed inconsistent. I will continue cycling it during stressful work weeks, and will again try taking an afternoon capsule here and there to experience the lucid dreaming again. But for sleep itself, New Mood is still tops as far as Onnit products in my book.