Anti-sleep drugs are becoming a common thing to find in the backpacks of adventure racers or other multi-day sports competitors. The question at hand is, will an anti-sleep drug help or hurt multi-day athletes?
"The performance benefits for an adventure racer taking modafinil would be greater than that of an Olympic weightlifter taking steroids” states Dr.Tarnopolsky, director of a Neuromuscular Clinic. Modafinil (also known as Alertec in
Foster himself claims " There's enough damage done to your body in a multi-day race, add this to the damage caused by some new drug and soon it won't be worth racing." I very much agree with Foster and do not think that taking modofinil is wise to take, especially during a long race. I would recommend this article to anyone who is interested in doing and multi-day races, and hopefully the very informative article would discourage them from using "arousal" drugs to improve performance.
Mihell, Conor. "Sleep Depriver". Explore Canada's Outdoor Magazine. July/August 2006 Issue 140. page 16. Print.