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Old 07-26-2010, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 5-hour energy drink

anyone drink this? Any feedback? I'm always tired during the week and I don't want to drink coffee. Thought I'd give this a shot. And it's small size is a bonus.
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I've never tried it, coffee usually works for me. There are a bunch of co-workers who swear by this stuff though.
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd like to know as well. I heard when it first came out that it was so cheap that no one bought it. Then they raised the price and it sold like crazy.
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I was given some as samples at work to try. I tried them before I went to the gym. They did absolutely nothing for me.
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I just bought a case from costco for 1.33 per bottle or something like that.
It's like a redbull. Caffeine and lots of Vitamin B12 (like 8333% of the RDA - no typo)
Gives me a boost, not jittery. Also, I usually don't drink much caffeine on the weekends to give my body a rest, and I've never had withdrawals.

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Old 07-26-2010, 02:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I drank 2 of these once and went to sleep. Same with redbull, monster, starbucks tripple shot..etc

It just doesn't do anything for me. Maybe it'll be different for you...
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I can say with experience that it works GREAT! I drove straight for 24 hours from SD to Dallas TX (took longer than it should due to snow storm), slept 2 hours, then continued another 7 hours to Corpus Christi. I drank 1 5-hour energy drink in NE & the other when I left Dallas. Note: Don't drink'em all at once, maybe 1/2 at first & the rest later in the trip.

FYI: I usually drive a few 12 hr trips each year w/o any energy assistance, but I'm always tired when I reach my destination. So those 2 drinks enabled me to more than double my normal distance.
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Consider doing a sleep study. I don't snore, but found out when I hit stage 3 sleep, my airway closes and my heart rate spikes up to 100bpm so I never get good enough sleep. I bought a pulse oximeter to log my sleep and trying a few fixes (mandibular advancement appliance, sleep position, pillows etc) to keep the airway open. I may have to use a cpap if the appliance doesn't work.
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If you just get tired in the middle of the day or are regularly tired, this stuff isn't the answer - you probably need to modify your daily routine (more exercise, eat better, etc.)
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I've tried red bull and doesn't really do much for me. Sounds like this one is more concentrated. I guess I'll just try it and see how it works. Good to know Costco has them.
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I can say with experience that it works GREAT! I drove straight for 24 hours from SD to Dallas TX (took longer than it should due to snow storm), slept 2 hours, then continued another 7 hours to Corpus Christi. I drank 1 5-hour energy drink in NE & the other when I left Dallas. Note: Don't drink'em all at once, maybe 1/2 at first & the rest later in the trip.

FYI: I usually drive a few 12 hr trips each year w/o any energy assistance, but I'm always tired when I reach my destination. So those 2 drinks enabled me to more than double my normal distance.
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Consider doing a sleep study I don't snore but found out when I hit stage 3 sleep my airway closes and my heart rate spikes up to 100bpm so I never get good enough sleep. I bought a pulse oximeter to log my sleep and trying a few fixes (mandibular advancement appliance, sleep position, pillows etc) to keep the airway open. I may have to use a cpap if the appliance doesn't work.
did the sleep study last year. everything is normal. blood tested even earlier and everything is cool. I always thought low iron, but not the case. Although I used to take iron pills and I did notice a change.

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If you just get tired in the middle of the day or are regularly tired, this stuff isn't the answer - you probably need to modify your daily routine (more exercise, eat better, etc.)
well I excercise for 30 mins each day. Usually tired just before lunch, but always after I eat. Weekends I am totally fine. It's just lack of sleep as I get 6 hours if I'm lucky usually it's about 5 or so. Weekends it's at least 8-10hrs.
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These work great for me... good alertness without the jitters/twitchiness that Red Bull gives me. Although for me this tends to last more like 7 hours.
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As ChronosWS suggests, changing your routine can help a lot. I was getting tired after lunch. I switched to eating 5-7 small snacks/meals a day instead of just two main meals. I also cut all processed sugars from my diet. These two things combined helped my energy level significantly.
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Never tried it until yesterday - Had 2 hours sleep and had to drive to Kansas City from Chicago (535 miles). Took 2 over the duration.

Left Downer's Grove at 2:00pm. Arrived in Leawood at 9:45pm... with 4 stops totalling 45 minutes. (2 pee breaks for wife/kids, one gas, one drive-through for food).

Average speed 76 mph. Not too bad!

Never had the jitters - everything was "crispy focused." I hate Red Bull but this stuff kicks ass.

I'm going to start taking them just before going on track. Damn skippy!!!
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Never had the jitters - everything was "crispy focused." I hate Red Bull but this stuff kicks ass.

I'm going to start taking them just before going on track. Damn skippy!!!
drop one in the gas tank for good measure, too.
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Drank this and found out I'm extremely sensitive to it. Not sure what in it caused me to feel the way I did, but I tried it on two separate occasions (a couple of years apart), and both times felt like an overdose of caffeine, although I don't get the same effect from coffee, which I drink regularly without problem. First time I drank the entire bottle and it kicked my ass (like my heart was going to explode), and I thought maybe I should just drink a couple of sips instead (1/4 the bottle). It still gave me quite the jitters.. I can drink 4 cups of coffee throughout the day and not have jitters, but 1/4 a bottle of this caused me a 2 days of jitters...
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I've tried this once before going out bar-hopping. It tastes like medical-flavored Devil piss, and it works about as well as a can of Red Bull. The real benefit over standard energy drinks is that it doesn't make you feel bloated and pee like Seabiscuit.
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Ara,

Many people become sleepy after a meal. It is called "postprandial lassitude" or "postprandial somnolence." It can be attributed often to unstable blood glucose (sugar) levels but it can be normal also as eating stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system (aka the "rest and digest" system). Normal as long as it isn't excessive like you really are falling asleep that is... Some foods are better at staving off this tiredness (like high protein/high glycemic index foods - fish) and are worth eating at lunch time. Some foods (fatty foods, high carb foods) are contributors to the tiredness.

Take a look at what you are eating for lunch and see the amount (heavy lunch is worse for this), and type of food. A simple dietary change at lunch may be all you need.

If you are eating "appropriately" and this is still occurring, it may be beneficial to do a 2-hour postprandial (after eating) blood glucose test.

EDIT: Oh, yeah.... almost forgot... caffeine can worsen postprandial tiredness. Just sayin'...

Could also be you just need to sleep longer

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All I know is I can't stand there comercials and it taste like cat piss.
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I'm trying to be a little more health conscience but if I need to, I go for the green Monster. The other colors I just can't do.
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