questionsdo you have experience with the 5-hr energy drink…

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I've consumed the 5-hr energy twice. Both times were after a few hours of sleep then going to work. The normal 5-hr did nothing for me. I found that a red bull helped me be more awake and alert.

The second time, I purchase the 5-hr extra strength, and drank the whole thing. That woak me up for about 3 hours before I started feeling drained again.

For me, personally, I have found that the Rockstar Juiced Mango and Red Bull tastes the best and does the most for me regarding energy.

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I tried the 5-hour energy, but could not get over the vomit taste. Not only that, but it gave me no extra energy.

I prefer Red Bull because it's not the huge can like Monster, and I like the taste.

I found when I was drinking the Monsters (which do come in some tasty flavors) I would get horrible headaches when I did not drink them.

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I'm no doctor but I would think that coffee is healthier than red bull or monster drinks but that is mostly due to the sugar in those drinks. If you add sugar to coffee, that may not be the case. If I had to pick one to have as a habit, I would pick coffee (actually, I already have a coffee habit). Plus coffee is cheaper if you brew it yourself.

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Best option is to cut down your coffee intake over time, don't replace one stimulant with another. (These have caffeine, anyways.) I finally got down to a single cup of coffee in the morning, and that took a long time, from drinking 1+ 2L of caffeinated soda a day, and before that drinking pots of coffee. When I drank these little energy shots, I had some days where I would drink 3-4 a day, and also other caffeine sources.

As far as I'm concerned, they do work OK, but aren't worth the price ($5 for one?). I used them a couple times to help me stay awake on a long (23 hour) drive, and it helped, some, but it would have been smarter of me to get a hotel room and split the drive into two days. (But, hey, I was a stupid college student.) Coffee or No-Doze would have probably worked just as well. I was a caffeine junkie at that point, so more caffeine wasn't scary.

Nothing beats adequate sleep. If that isn't enough, maybe a cup of coffee, or tea (yerba mate is good), as necessary.

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Dehydration is one of the most common causes of fatigue. Drink lots of water (no sugar, no caffeine) and have a snack with some protein and complex carbs (almonds are my favorite). That should give you some energy!

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I'll weigh in on the pro side for Five Hour Energy, but only used sparingly. This year, I volunteered to work the Penny Arcade Expo showfloor... paired with all the other goings on, a thoroughly exhausting event -- I broke out the Five Hour Energy on Sunday and found it to be a pleasant steady level of energy that kept me from flagging.

However, I think, if you can, you should eat balanced meals, maintain hydration, and generally treat your body well for the same effect. Being fit and active leaves you with more energy than caffeine and supplements ever will. =)

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5-hour Energy really didn't do anything for me. The flavor was awful, and the energy boost was negligible. I prefer the small Red Bull Sugar-free drinks. I find that those give me the best boost with the least crash.

Might I also recommend the 4 Loko? THAT will give you a boost! ;)

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I have had a pleasant experience with Rockstar Recovery. Not only is it only twenty calories a can, but it also aids in rehydration, even though the caffine can add in dehydration, so confused. o.0

From a review site: 2000 mg Taurine, 160 mg [...] caffeine, 100mg ginseng, 40mg of Milk Thistle, but with electrolytes to help you “recover” from whatever you need “recovering” from and only 20 Calories per can. Yet most importantly, most very much importantly, 3% lemon juice, so there mom, its got juice in it, it has to be good for me…

Ingredients, if you care: Purified Water, Lemon Juice, Sucrose, Taurine, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Sodium Citrate, Caffeine, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Panax Ginseng Extract, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Prickly Pear Extract, Milk Thistle Extract, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Magnesium Lactate, Gum Arabic, Calcium Lactate, Ester Gum, Monopotassium Phosphate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cyanocobalamin.

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Can I suggest a slight change in your diet or eating habits? My guess is that most people are eating 3 meals a day if that - breakfast, lunch, and then dinner. When you do that, you create 3 energy/calorie loads in your day.

Instead, spread all those Calories out among 5 meals or 3 meals and 2 snacks - breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and dinner. That evens out the amount of Calories you're taking in throughout the day.

It's generally better for your metabolism as well.

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Agree with what many here are saying. I've had a 5 hr energy once, it tasted like artificially sweetened fruity chalk water. Didn't feel all that much more alert afterwards. Would not recommend it. Would also echo sentiments that Red Bull & the like are not healthy, make you feel really jittery for a little while, then make you feel awful.

Admittedly I have a coffee habit (can hardly go a day without a cup, starting to bother me), but the advice here of:
- Have good snacks and healthy meals
- Drink lots of water
- Get regular exercise
- Adequate sleep

Are the "true" answers. It's amazing how much healthier everyone would be in general if we all just met that (seemingly) easy list of criteria. I really need to work on the exercise regularly bit, but the meals, water and sleep part have been helping my tiredness quite a bit :)

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They always work for me, but they always kick in hours after they're supposed to, so it usually leaves me awake at some of the most inconvenient times ever.

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I'm surprised that 5 hour energy doesn't work for so many people. It has worked like a charm for me the few times I've taken one. It worked exactly as described, leaving me feeling awake and alert with no sharp drop at the end.

I agree wholeheartedly with Gatzby, though. I've only used had a a handful total when I really needed it(Long drive with little to no sleep, Job interview with little to no sleep), but I wouldn't recommend using them as a habit. I recognize that I could easily become addicted to displacing real sleep with artificial energy, so I stop the habit before it begins.

As for the taste, I don't find it so bad. In any case, it's got the benefit of being only 2 oz or so, instead of 24 oz carbonated and sweetened energy drinks that I would probably just find myself sipping anyway.

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I've never done 5 hour but I have done Redbull and Monster. Monster only once just before noon, I was still up at 3am twiddling my thumbs.
Redbull wasn't as bad but it seemed to cloud my head a little. I do one cup of coffee in the morning and sometimes don't finish it.

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I just tried a 5 hour energy the other day on a road trip. It worked for about an hour. Oddly 5 hour energy happens to have as much caffeine in it as a cup of coffee which also works for about an hour if you're already drained... wonder if there's a connection there?

Coffee is without doubt healthier and better for you then any energy drink regardless of what the energy drink claims. Feel free to ask your doctor which they think you should drink and the answer will always be coffee even if you're drinking 8+ cups a day. 1-3 cups of coffee is even healthy not just healthier then other options.

I don't know your reasons for increasing your coffee intake but all the people suggesting better hydration and better diet seem to be completely missing that those things only benefit you if you're on a regular schedule. If you run into a circumstance where you're working a swing shift schedule or need to drive all night then those suggestions are of zero benefit.

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@xarous: Love the Rockstar Recovery as well!

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I tried 5 hour energy once on a day when I had only a couple hours of sleep and I was really questioning whether I could continue at work. It worked well enough. Kinda made me feel a little beside myself but I didn't feel like falling asleep. It basically did what I was expecting without adding a ton of caffeine. Worst part about it was the taste but since there's so little I can't complain. It's kind of tart and reminds me of cough syrup... whatever flavor I had. I think the part that was most effective for me was the Vitamin B12. Not that I Really know specifically, but that the most obvious difference between this and other energy drinks. I don't know of any obvious sources of that vitamin in my diet otherwise.

Overall though, I'd say if you're looking for something relatively cheap and a little less bad for you, then I figure this is the way to go. Plus you can take the shot and then keep yourself fed and hydrated to balance it all out.

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WOW! I didn't know I'd get such a fast response. Here I was looking for my post in Fresh. Looks like I might have been dragging and looking for a boost because I'm now fighting off what appears to be a cold or sinus infection.

@ohcheri - dehydration could very well be a huge culprit here. I exercise very regularly, and with life being thrown at you, there is a huge chance I was neglecting staying hydrated.

Now as I'm drinking my glass of water and reading these posts, there seem to be many out there that don't have much positive for the 5-hr Energy. For those outside of Woot that have told me 5-hr Energy did the trick, they are not die-hard coffee or cola drinkers, theory being their caffeine resistance would be low, and any caffeine-laced boost would world like a charm. Very ponderous.

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I hate them. I have used them 2-3 times and every time I do it makes me feel weird. It's like being super awake mentally, but body can't keep up.

I'll stick to my sugar free Red Bull or Monster Rehab.

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Some things to consider, as gathered by me while doing research on various subjects:

1. Most people get a better level of energy from taking a good multivitamin in the morning regularly. Most people get a tired, sleepy feeling from taking minerals, so take your vitamins in the morning, your mineral supplements at night before going to bed. This also gives your body a chance to utilize the slower-absorbing minerals while you sleep, instead of eliminating them in the urine, as you do during an active day.

2. Caffeine is one of the most addictive substances on earth, on the same level as heroin, the way it makes neural pathways in the brain which then need to be "fed" daily. Caffeine withdrawal, especially cold turkey, is a pain-filled nightmare. I didn't start drinking coffee until my mid-30's and was shocked to find how quickly I became dependent on it. YMMV, but weaning off of caffeine can be a benefit in many ways.

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3. It's astonishing how much of a difference it makes to get a full 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night, as opposed to 5 or 6 hours. In regard to preservation of energy during the work week, go to bed earlier for a few nights in a row, particularly at the beginning of the week, and see how much stronger and more alert you feel when you wake up Friday morning. Also, for some reason, getting a good, long night's sleep on Wednesday seems to help sustain many people's energy levels into Friday.

4. Those who have said that staying hydrated is the key are absolutely right. I worked in hospitals for several years, and people who came into the ER in very bad shape from dehydration, particularly elderly people, would practically return from the dead once they were given fluids. Nothing can bring energy back like drinking water. If you've watched the movie "Touching The Void", a mountain climber who is severely dehydrated thinks he's going to die, then finds a spring and recovers his energy totally.

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Hi, I'm Carly, part of the team that engages on behalf of 5-Hour Energy.

5-Hour Energy is a clinically tested dietary supplement - a blend of amino acids, nutrients & caffeine that together with B Vitamins provide a boost in energy and a feeling of alertness, without a sudden drop later.

We recommend that individuals drink no more than two bottles of 5-Hour Energy a day, spaced several hours apart. Also, if you're trying it for the first time, we suggest drinking half a bottle first.

We're happy to say that folks choose 5-Hour Energy over nine million times each week to help get the boost they need to get through the day.

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@carly5he: First, a paid study will generally get the results you're paying for. This study doesn't seem to b published anywhere so it's unlikely to be peer reviewed. I doubt you've even read this study yourself but just bulletpoints from it. There is, however, an on-going study of 5-hour starting from April 2011 to Feb 2012.

Second, from consumer reports: "an October 2010 analysis by ConsumerLab.com, an independent group that conducts product evaluations, found that it contained about 207 milligrams of caffeine. (An 8-ounce serving of Starbucks coffee has 180 milligrams of caffeine, according to the company’s website.) The 5-Hour Energy spokeswoman had no comment on the ConsumerLab.com report. We found little if any research showing that other ingredients on the label—including B vitamins and amino acids—would give the average person a boost."

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The brits have a delicious energy drink called bulldog buzz. it has an insane amount of caffiene in it. unfortunately i dont think that it is available in the US. stupid FDA...