[CQ-Contest] Drugs, Sleep and Contesting

Chet Moore ChetMoore at cox.net
Thu May 21 17:27:29 PDT 2009

Hi Pete,

After reading what Provigil was able to do for military pilots I asked for 
and my doctor prescribed me 5 provigil pills 2 years back.  I took them 
during the contest up at W3PP.  I used to be able to stay up 24 hours but 
that was 10 years ago. Now my eyes typically slam shut around 0300 the first 
night of the contest.  Provigil didn't work for me. Even though I really 
tried to stay up, I still felt tired and I ended up still going to be about 
0330 and fell  asleep immediately.  I practically had to be pried out of my 
sleeping bag for the sunrise opening.  Saturday night was a repeat of 
Friday night.For me, I found Provigil to be ineffective.  YMMV


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pete Smith" <n4zr at contesting.com>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2009 2:35 PM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Drugs, Sleep and Contesting

>I was thinking of writing a little piece on this for the Contest
> Compendium's section on sleep deprivation.  My memory no doubt has
> gaps, but I don't recall any serious discussion of the topic here.  I
> think that a couple of years ago there was a flurry of interest in a
> drug called Provigil that had been developed for use by people
> afflicted with narcolepsy, but that's all I recall.
> Obviously, I'm not suggesting a discussion of illegal drug use (no
> greenies, please) but I wonder what the collective experience has
> been.  Have you tried anything other than the measures suggested in
> the Compendium article on Sleep strategies?  See
> http://wiki.contesting.com/index.php/Table_of_Contents#Contest_Operating
> for that.
> 73, Pete N4ZR
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