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Is it safe to power through finals on 5-hour ENERGY®?

April 11, 2011

Energy shotDoes 5-hour ENERGY® really work, and is it safe to use when you’re powering through finals?

The first part of the question is simple to answer. Last year, I had to drive alone from Lafayette, La. to Kansas City to get to a friend’s wedding. That’s a 12-hour drive, even if you don’t take a wrong turn and end up in Oklahoma, which I did.

Early in the morning, I bought a couple for the trip (but only ended up needing one). I drank it at 5:45 a.m., as soon as I got in the car.

Within a couple minutes, I felt pretty much like I’d woken up for the first time in my life. It’s not at all a wired feeling like you get when you drink too much coffee.

6:45 a.m.

Leaving Lafayette at 6:45 a.m.

Hours later, not only was I still going – I didn’t even really think about the fact that I woke up hours before dawn in another state. When I met my girlfriend at 7 p.m. in KC, she was wiped out. I was ready to go out and grab dinner.

I actually started using 5-hour ENERGY® a few years ago in college, mostly during finals week. I’m naturally skeptical about these things, but before I started using it, I did a little research. Basically, 5-hour ENERGY®’s contains B-vitamins, amino acids, and caffeine comparable to a cup of the leading premium coffee. Launched in 2004, 5-hour ENERGY® was the first energy shot on the market and sells over 7 million bottles a week.

Should you take five a day, and conquer sleep with the power of science? No. The product’s labeling recommends not exceeding two a day, spaced several hours apart. Keep in mind, though, that sleep is a necessary human function. You can put it off for a while, but you need a certain amount to stay healthy.

Still, we all know the end of the semester brings some weeks with long hours. And you’d be far better served getting by with a few of these than drinking pots of coffee, tons of soda, or slapping yourself in the face repeatedly. (It’s 4 calories per bottle, compared to over one hundred in a can of most sodas).

The Ozarks

Made it to Missouri!

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Sarah A. April 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I've never used 5 hour Energy drink, but some of my friends had. They usually drink it around end of semester critiques time! When they have to finish painting tons of paintings or when they have to revise a design assignment. I would usually go for coffee (I actually dislike the taste of coffee, but by the end of the semester I have to force myself to drink it in order to stay awake!). Given that you laid out more info. about it & your personal experience, I might actually give it a try.


Ryan April 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I may need one of those to get through this Senior Paper!


Nessa April 14, 2011 at 7:17 am

I'm usually not really into these sorts of drinks. Typically I just power through the long nights. My mom does drink 5-hour on a weekly basis. She only takes sips of it since for her it's really strong. It really helps her to stay on her feet especially at her fast paced job.


Kelly R. April 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I use at least one of these before my finals every semester! I love 5-hour energy! They keep me focused, alert, and on the Dean's List every semester!


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