This website discusses natural and over the counter Adderall alternatives to help improve focus levels.
We live in a fast paced world that requires a high level of alertness and concentration to be both successful and happy. Being able to focus at a high level means that we have both sensory focus and intellectual focus. That means we are able to both be aware to our surroundings and also able to think on a deep level. There are many factors that affect our attentiveness and ability to concentrate, by being aware of these various factors we can develop a strategy to improve our mental functioning.
The first defintion in the dictionary for the word distraction is, “A thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else.” Often times the answer to a question that seems very complex is actually a simple answer, in this case that would mean getting rid of obvious distractions that you have around you. Some distractions that we may consider removing are televisions, stereos, and other electronic devices that have people using words as it can confuse our brain as to what we are supposed to focus our attention on. Many times people will leave these devices on when they are already working on a project that they may not fully want to do, by having a known distraction in our environment it gives the person an excuse in their mind to not pay attention to the work, school, or other important project that they have in front of them.
Feeling overwhelmed and having an inability to focus are very much linked to our concentration levels as well. Definition #2 of distraction in a dictionary reads, “extreme agitation of the mind or emotions.” When we feel overwhelmed we have a feeling of having many different tasks on our plate causing us to have an emotional response stopping us from being productive at any of them. In order for us to be productive we need to have the correct frame of mind, knowing that if we spread ourselves too thin we cannot focus properly on the task at hand. This feeling of being overwhelmed from multiple tasks many times is also compounded by the fact we also have “time anxiety” in that we either have a real or personally made up deadline that we fear we may not reach. This makes us want to work extremely fast, many times when we do try to work very quickly it ends up actually backfiring because our quality of work is so low that we are forced to go back and do it over again, causing even more stress for us. The best remedy for this problem is to understand that we must only pick one task to work on and also make the realization that we are imperfect human beings that need ample time to complete our tasks.
Lack of Sleep
Sleep deprivation is another factor that causes us to not be able to focus on anything. The reason that a lack of sleep causes us to lose our ability to focus and concentrate properly is that we need sleep for our brain, unlike muscles, to regenerate in certain areas for us to have optimal brain functioning. In fact our bodies need different stages of sleep for the different parts of our brain to properly recuperate. Our cerebral cortex is the part of our brain determines how we receive and speak languages, brain scans show that sleep deprived people show far less brain activity in this part of their brain which acts as a hindrance in their communication abilities. People in this study that were tested for their language skills fared far worse on these tests, with the most pronounced side effects being slurred speech. Any college students who are taking foreign language classes would be keen to understand that sleep could be a big determinant in their ability to get a good grade. Also because speech recognition is needed for reading it is assumed that if we are having trouble focusing on our reading assignments for our college class it could indeed be because we were up the night before partying. Being tired can effect the frontal lobe in a way in one very interesting way, sleep deprived people’s brains seem to have an enhanced sense of short term memory capabilities than compared to rested people. Overall a lack of sleep seems to stop our brain’s ability to clean out toxic waste products which impairs it’s proper functioning though. It is hard to tell why this is exactly, but my guess would be that there is some sort of evolutionary reason that this increased sense of short memory was meant to help ancient man survive.
Does listening to music help us focus better? What is the Mozart effect?
The Mozart effect is based on a study in the early nineties that showed people who listened to Mozart’s music performed better on mental tasks known as “spatial temporal reasoning.” Because people also score better on these types of tests after hearing talented writers books read to them, it is believed that the reason these tests make us more prepared for better functioning is because of the positive feelings we have. Many people have the misunderstanding that the Mozart effect increases someone’s overall intelligence, instead it simply just allows us to operate on the highest level that our intelligence levels allow us at that time. This effect of an enhanced ability of spatial temporal reasoning abilities it is important to note was only for a short amount of time, but is fascinating and noteworthy nonetheless.
Another study tested 32 college students ability to pay attention just before listening to music, while listening to music, and while listening to no music at all. The study found that while people who listened to music before taking tests to measure their abilities to focus scored better, they also found that people who were tested while listening to music had varying effects making them be able to concentrate better or less so depending on the particular person. The study does not directly mention the types of music it played as that was not the main focus of the study. Music that contains words may be distracting to people and hurt performance, while music like classical music, techno, or instrumentals of varying kinds may help us focus on the task at hand. Studies for now cannot confirm or deny this opinion at this time though.
ADHD and other illnesses
Some people question whether or not ADHD even exists, but one thing that is for certain is that the behaviors related to this illness are definitely real. Some people just cannot focus for an unknown reason while others cannot focus because of issues pertaining to sleep disorders, substance abuse issues, iron deficiencies, learning disabilities, and various disorders such as OCD’s and depressive disorders. If we do go under the assumption that ADHD is indeed a real illness than we are talking about a disorder that encompasses an inability to focus, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. Treatments for this issue can range from psychological treatments or by using stimulant medications like Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, and Vyvanse. It could be in someone’s best interests to read this blog in full for the many tips it offers as it may help someone properly realize that their inattention issues aren’t as serious as one of these various medical conditions including ADHD.
It is a well known fact that exercise has a positive effect on our muscle and cardiovascular system, but many people are unaware of the benefits exercise has on our brain. Studies indicate that that physical exercise influences the neurotransmitters in our brain that deal with the dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline systems and therefore have an effect on our focus and energy levels. Because some studies show that exercise can show creation of of new brain cells, it is thought that exercise could help benefit our overall levels of concentration and intelligence. If we cannot focus on anything it makes sense for us to exercise on a regular basis to put our brain in a position to succeed at it’s optimal level.
I am going to break this Addrena reviewdown for this natural Adderall alternatives supplement into different sections that I think are important.
I think when we are looking for an over the counter pill like Addrena there are certain characteristics we are looking at in order to know if it is the right product for us to buy which are the ingredients, value, and the overall effects.
Ingredients and Effects
Definitely a well rounded stack that I think is the best Adderall alternative OTC which includes a mix of cognitive enhancers and energy boosters that increases both alertness and our ability for mental concentration. There is definitely a difference between the two types of effects as many people mix them up. On one hand we want be able to be alert to the point we can respond quickly and efficiently to certain types if stimuli like a question from our boss, but at the same time if our bosses then asks us a follow up question that involves deeper thought like mathematics or in depth managerial philosophies we also want to be able to not just be able to respond quickly but also in an accurate manner. Both stimulants and nootropics can help with these functions but for me personally stimulants keep me more alert while nootropics help me more with deeper thoughts.
Addrena gives me a nice boost of energy off of the recommended dose of one tablet, I have heard of people who who handle stimulants really but myself and most other people I think the recommended dose will give whoever takes it plenty of energy. The characteristic of Addrena that sets it apart from other energy and focus supplements is the fact that it has the most effective mix of stimulants and nootropics. Some supplement stacks for example go too heavy on one component like caffeine and only in one form, I bought a product like that back in the day at GNC that gave me a weird feeling and not the energy I was hoping. Addrena has three stimulants in it in caffeine, bitter orange, and a small amount of yohimbe. The key to the alertness and energy to me comes from the fact that there is not an overload of caffeine and the fact that there is both regular caffeine added in as well as some natural caffeine in the Guarana which in my opinion gives a more even flow of energy unlike other brands that give you that spike and crash. I emailed the company and asked them if there were any side effects for Addrena, they told me that when the product was first released in 2010 that the serving size was 2 tablets instead of one and that some customers said that dose was too strong and that they have since changed the dosing that year to only one pill per serving and that since then no one has complained about the product being too strong. I have taken two pills and it was pretty strong, I suggest people only take one unless they have both a long history of taking stimulants and have taken Addrena for awhile. The tablets actually break in half as well, so taking a half a dose is an option as well. Finding a product that is exactly like a prescription drug is not possible, Addrena is still a powerful natural alternative to Adderall. (Click the link below to read the rest)
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