Last night, I road tested this new "stay-awake" drug, whose generic name is modafinil.
At 11:30 p.m. or so, my usual bedtime, I dropped a 100 mg tablet (it comes as scored 100 mg or 200 mg tablets). Then, I continued with my reading and writing.
Long story short: this is a GREAT drug. It works.
I was awake, felt normal, no weirdness like with coffee - rapid heartbeat, sweatiness, jitteriness, none of that. I felt like I normally do during the day.
At around 6 a.m. today, I decided to call it a night. I got into bed, picked up my book, and read for about 20 minutes until I felt sleepy. I woke up this afternoon at 12:30 p.m., without any hangover, headache, or other residual.
Mind you, the drug's expensive: I paid $52 cash - insurance won't cover this one - at my local pharmacy for 10 pills. Online, I've seen it for $4 a pill, but they'll charge you for shipping so it's probably a wash. Highly recommended.
Man, do I wish I'd had this drug when I was an intern, up all night working 30 straight hours.
I took the remaining 9 pills and put them in my car's glove compartment. No more fighting to stay awake and not crash and die when I'm trying to get home from a long trip.
But remember, it's banned by the ruling body of international track and field: Kelli White lost her gold medal from last year's world championships because she took it.