Does 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.
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).