After much anticipation Nicole finally tried 5 Hour Energy Saturday night (I took one, too).
Nicole’s assessment is that it is not any better than caffeine from a coffee or diet soda. As you are likely aware, my opinion on 5 Hour Energy is slightly different. I find 5 Hour Energy to do a substantially better job at keeping me awake and alert than either coffee or soda. In my opinion, the amount of soda you would need to consume to achieve the same level of alertness would be way more than I could consume in terms of cans of soda or cups of coffee in a single sitting. Not to mention that one of the great aspects of 5 Hour Energy is that if you are taking it to stay awake while driving a long distance, 2 ounces isn’t going to necessitate numerous extra bathroom stops like the other two options.
I agree with other reviews of 5 Hour Energy in that the amount of B-12 as a % of the daily recommended value is extremely high. However, I think this is only one reason not to make a habit out of consuming 5 Hour Energy on a daily basis. Like anything else if you consume something regularly, your body will adapt. According to The Energy Shot Store, “With energy drinks a tolerance is built up just with any other chemical in the body to the point that one can handle more of the chemical or it doesn’t take effect.”
On the other hand, I have consumed 5 Hour Energy a handful of times over the past 2 years and it has (almost) always achieved the desired effect. The only exception was at my bachelor party. Let’s just say, if you consume 5 Hour Energy after having consumed massive quantities of alcohol, the 5 Hour Energy may lose the battle to the alcohol’s influence on making your body want to pass out.
However, my experience would show that taking 5 Hour Energy prior to starting the consumption of alcohol can still have the desired effect of keeping you awake and alert.
If you are the type of person that reads and obeys every warning label and only puts things in your body that you grew organically with your own two hands then 5 Hour Energy may not be something you want to try. However, I have yet to meet too many people in the Midwest that don’t have the occasional coffee or soda. And if you don’t have one of those, let’s face it, you probably have some other weakness that wouldn’t be approved as a regular item of consumption by Mrs. Prevention RD (think donuts, beer, candy, cookies). As a side note, Mrs. Prevention RD consumes all of those foods on the regular. 🙂
The only other suggestion I might point out is if you intend to try 5 Hour Energy, there are generic alternatives available that you can find online and at discount stores like Big Lots. The name brand stuff at a gas station on the side of the highway will typically run you $2.50 – $4.50 per shot. If you watch carefully you can score the generic substitute for $1 or so. Just make sure the ingredients match up with 5 Hour Energy (specifically the B-12 and B-6). Some of the cheap substitutes do not contain these and this is what, in my opinion, allows 5 Hour Energy to work its magic in only 2 ounces with zero sugar and with a minimal amount of caffeine.
One other complaint that Nicole had was difficulty getting to sleep after the 5 hour period. I find it a bit ironic that she says it didn’t not make her more awake or alert but that she had difficulty falling asleep at 1:00 and even 2:00AM (6 hours after taking the 5 hour energy). This has not typically been an issue for me as my body tends to let me sleep whenever I want. Although I would obviously not recommend taking the stuff if for some reason you absolutely need to sleep in the next 3-6 hours. That would kind of defeat the purpose don’t you think??? Mr. Prevention RD out!