Are Nootropics Safe?

You’ve probably heard that energy drinks are dangerous. But are nootropics safer than energy drinks?

This is part of a series on nootropics versus energy drinks. In this post, we’ll discuss how energy drinks and nootropics are regulated. Specifically, I’ll show you why these regulations matter when it comes to nootropics, energy drinks, and your health and safety.

Finally, I’ll give you 5 secrets to picking a safe nootropic.

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Nootropic Ingredients in Energy Drinks

Welcome to the GreenEyedGuide Quick Tips to Start Your Week series!

Should you even bother with nootropic drinks if you already drink energy drinks? While the term “nootropic” isn’t new, marketing something as a nootropic is a new, growing trend. As a result, let’s look at five of the top” nootropic ingredients which are also found in energy drinks. Are they safe? Do they even work?

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According to Caffeine Informer, “Nootropics are one of the fastest-growing supplement categories and these products are flooding the marketplace.”

What is a nootropic?

According to Webster’s dictionary, the word means “a substance that enhances cognition, memory, and facilitates learning.

Therefore, nootropic supplements contain a blend of herbs and other ingredients believed to promote optimal brain function.

[Source: Caffeine Informer, “Nootropics: Caffeine, Ingredients, and Warnings”]

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Sleep Tips for Newborns and Toddlers – More Sleep, Less Caffeine

I’m an expert when it comes to caffeine science and energy drink safety. With my expertise, I help people survive sleep-deprivation. However, it’s also important to treat the root cause. Have you ever tried to convince a toddler that, yes, in fact, it is Bed Time? Do you dread waking up at midnight and 3 am to take care of a newborn? Getting better sleep means needing less caffeine. This is why I decided to team up with a fellow Mompreneur for some sleep tips for newborns and toddlers.

Meet Erin Meinel, Sleep Consultant

As the wife of a first responder, I have been no stranger to struggles with sleep…and having to stay awake when fatigued.  Early in our marriage, my husband worked third shift and got plenty of overtime.  Between working and trying to sleep, there wasn’t much time for anything else.  We tried all the tips and tricks in the book.  He’s now working second shift, still gets a TON of overtime, but now also has to wake up earlier than he’d prefer to help care for our two little boys.  We are now part of the “2 Under 2” Club, having both a 22-month-old and a 4 ½-month-old.  I thought our schedules before kids were crazy; fast forward a few years.  We NEEDED to make sleep a priority so we could function during the day, both to make a living and to care for our children.

Sleep tips for newborn and toddler from Lake Country Sleep

Between prioritizing sleep in our household and utilizing some of Danielle’s caffeine hacks to maximize our efficiency and energy when we are awake, I guess you could say we have gotten pretty good at juggling all the things!

I thought that having a background in early childhood development and education would serve me well when I became a mom.  It did, and has, with many things…just not sleep!  I had no idea there was so much science behind newborn and infant sleep, nor was I aware this was something I needed to learn about when I became a parent…until I was in the thick of it.  After the birth of my first son and experiencing the sleep deprivation that accompanies life with a newborn, I became motivated, wait, let’s find a better word – INSPIRED – to help other new parents find their way out of this form of torture.  

Building a Healthy Sleep Foundation

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Get Better Sleep While Traveling

Do you have trouble getting good sleep while traveling? Do you spend the night tossing and turning? Struggling to silence your thoughts? Staring at the ceiling counting the hours til your alarm goes off?

I’m an expert at helping you survive the day after a night of sleep deprivation. If you need help picking the best energy drinks for working the night shift, I’m your girl.

But managing fatigue is complicated. And figuring out WHY we can’t sleep (when it’s NOT due to excess caffeine) is tricky.

This is why I’m happy to be partnering with Clinton Marquardt, Sleep and Fatigue Specialist. In this post, Clint shares some interesting science behind why it’s so darn hard to get that precious sleep, even when do make it a priority.

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Quick Tips: Hacking Motivation with Caffeine

Welcome to the GreenEyedGuide Quick Tips to Start Your Week series!

Today’s topic is Hacking Motivation with Caffeine.

Have you ever thought about why you drink the drinks you do? What guides your hand when you open that glass door at the 7-11 and reach for something caffeinated?

You can use that motivation for caffeine to hack your motivation elsewhere. By “hacking”, I mean tricks to make it easier, like a cheat code.

I’ve been working on a research paper with a group from Cal State Long Beach where we’re looking at why people choose the energy drinks they do. Instead of regurgitating that research, let me just ask you:

It’s fascinating to get into the psychology of consumer behavior, but let’s talk about the 3 most common reasons that motivate people to pick the energy drinks they do, and how you can hack those 3 reasons to make your life easier.

Let’s get the boring one out of the way first…

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Reason #1 - To Get Energy

What a concept! Drinking an energy drink…to get energy. Mind-blowing, really. If this is your primary reason for picking the drink you do, go ahead and get your drink.

But THEN go ahead and get my new book. It has several more tips for ways you can wake yourself up without caffeine. And even when you’re NOT feeling awake and energized, you’ll know how to “Get Sh*t Done”. Which is really the goal, right? The point of feeling awake and energized is to get things done. Boom – motivation.

Reason #2 - Cost

If your hand gravitates towards whatever drink is on sale, you want the most bang for your buck.

Ugh – bad pun.

I mean you want the most oompf for your dollars, right? Why buy one energy drink for $5 when you can get 2-for-$4 or even 3-for-$5, right?

Here’s the hack: nurse your caffeine, always. Imagine how much money you can save if you make that one energy drink with 300 mg caffeine last the whole day. I promise, the caffeine won’t disappear overnight, and most energy drinks don’t taste THAT different when they’re flat. Especially when you pour them over ice.

Reason #3 - Taste

This is the most delicious (pun) in terms of hacking motivation.

If you pick your drink based on the desire to try something you expect to be yummy, you can use that to your advantage!

I don’t know if there’s a term for this in psychology, but tying something unpleasant to something you enjoy boosts your motivation to do that unpleasant thing.

For example, I really don’t want to work out. It’s not that I don’t enjoy working out, it’s just that there are so many things I feel are higher on my priority list right now. But, if I use that brand-new energy drink I’ve been dying to try as my reward for working out – boom- there’s my motivation, and the thing I’ve been avoiding gets done.

That’s it for today!

Stay tuned next Monday for more tips about caffeine, energy drinks, beating fatigue. If you have a question you want me to answer in the next Quick Tips session, you can message me on Instagram or email me at Info@greeneyedguide.com

Have a great week. You’ve got this!

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