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5-hour ENERGY review

Monday, May 11, 2015 by  
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5 hour energyThose of you who have been reading my blog for a long time are probably very surprised to see me review a product like 5-hour ENERGY. Apart from coffee, which I like strong and black, I don’t consume anything that could be considered a stimulant. Heck, I’m one of the few people I know who has never even had a single sip of Red Bull.

So WHY did I try this stuff? There’s a quick story behind that…

When Competitive Cyclist pulled the rug out from everyone who signed up for their “Get Paid to Ride” promotion (if you missed the news, they cancelled the whole program mere weeks after its launch), I’d earned around $25.00 in store credit. I definitely didn’t want to give CC any of my money after that lame stunt they pulled, and I was having trouble finding any low cost products I used in my size and/or that were in stock. Gloves? No. Chain lube? Nope. Tubes? Negative. Chain? Sorry. Tires? Snake eyes. So, not only does CC have stupidly high prices and a really bad marketing department (assuming that’s the group who came up with the “Get Paid to Ride” promotion), their store kind of sucks, too, IMO.

Eventually I ordered a set of cleats, and when the order arrived they’d included a sample shot of 5-hour ENERGY.

I was on the fence about even trying the stuff, but yesterday’s ride was no big deal and I thought, “Why not?” So I tossed the shot back about 30 minutes before I rolled out.

The taste was pretty good (Orange), and it was smooth and non-carbonated.

I didn’t notice much of a difference, at least not a positive one. In fact, I felt uncharacteristically off on yesterday’s ride. I can’t say with certainty that the energy shot was responsible (I’d done a fast 106 kilometer ride the day prior), but the heat seemed to be affecting me more than usual and I just wasn’t feeling too great.

I’d actually forgotten all about the energy shot by the time my ride was over, so that wasn’t even on my mind.

Fast forward a few hours…

So I’m sitting at my desk yesterday afternoon, and I began to feel as if I was about to fall asleep. My eyelids felt like they had weights attached to them, and I was fighting the urge to take a nap! Folks, unless I’ve had a very poor night of sleep, this NEVER happens to me.

I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Suddenly I remembered the energy shot I’d drank about 4.5 hours prior. There’s no question about it, I was crashing.

That tired feeling persisted for the rest of the day. I went to bed at my usual time last night–right around 9:00 PM–and I slept for 9.5 hours straight. I never sleep that late, or that long. I normally wake up naturally sometime between 4:30-5:00 AM, so rolling out of bed at 6:30 is pretty much unheard of for me.

I would never touch this stuff again, and definitely do not recommend it.

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5 Responses to “5-hour ENERGY review”
  1. I use 5-hour Energy moderately, but on a regular basis. I use it mostly because I hate coffee as well as the taste of Red Bull, and find it to be my preferred and cheapest method to get caffeine. I get the Costco/Kirkland version of 5-hour Energy, which as it turns out is actually made by 5-hour Energy, and comes out to right around .70 cents a bottle. Last time I checked Costco also sells the actual 5-hour Energy at a fraction of the cost anywhere else. Interesting John that you had the crash. I can say that although the stimulant benefit seems moderate for me I have never had a crash from it. So although I get some benefit from the stimulant aspect of caffeine I am more interested in the many other benefits they now believe it provides.


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    • In reading the reviews on Amazon, the crashing definitely seems to be a highly individual thing. Even some of those who gave the product a favorable review said they crash. I recall one mostly positive review that said something like, “…consider the 5 hours a countdown to doom”. Indeed. I’ll stick with coffee.

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  2. That quote is hysterical!!! I am not surprised the crash aspect is highly individual either. No doubt if it did that to me I wouldn’t be using it either. I grew up in an environment where caffeine was literally considered an evil drug. I always thought that was a ridiculous view so to now have all of these scientific/medical studies saying otherwise makes me feel a little vindicated!!! LOL

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  3. I have used 5-hour Energy maybe 4-5 times in my life on long car drives. I seem to remember the effect being minimal, but positive. I can’t speak to a crash effect because I think every time I’ve used it I would be going to bed shortly after the 5-hour window anyway. I should try one around noon one day and see what happens.

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  4. We’ve tried it for the same reason… a sample has turned up here-and-there. It made the wife toss her cookies, and I felt queasy the only time we tried it. Now, when samples turn up, they go in the garbage. I’ll stick to coffee. Works just fine, with no ingredients I have trouble pronouncing.

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