Are energy drinks effective?
- 3Aug 23, '13 by brian, ADN AdminThere's this craze going on about energy drinks - All it is is sugar and caffeine. Students, athletes, professionals of all ages are drinking this stuff. Are these drinks as effective as they say it is? How healthy is it? Pros? Cons? Please share your thoughts...
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- 1Aug 23, '13 by kbrn2002I work nights and have unfortunately become a little addicted! I really like the coffee energy drinks, JAVA Monster being my favorite. I will drink one with a lot of ice over an 8 hour shift. I always keep a spare in case I get stuck on a double, I would be a zombie after 16 hours without it.
- 0Aug 23, '13 by megkatI am not a fan of energy drinks. Once in a while I'll have a Monster Rehab but I try to stay away from them as much as possible. The one time I drank a 5 Hour Energy, I literally took a nap for a few hours. It in no way made me feel like I was pushing past that "2:30 feeling."
My husband was drinking a can of the Monster BFC (big ******* can, something like 32 oz) for a while everyday before work. He started to feel "funny" so he went to the doctor and his blood pressure was through the roof. He stopped drinking them, went back to the doctor a few weeks later and it was back in the normal range.
So I pretty much just stick to coffee.
- 1Aug 23, '13 by KelRN215, BSN, RNLast year when I was working as a per diem school nurse, I had a student come up and beg me to be part of her experiment. This "experiment" was something like testing the effects of caffeine and the effects of exercise on heart rate. I tried to explain to her that neither were really independent variables as someone like me (who consumes NO caffeine- EVER) will obviously be more affected by a 5 hour energy drink than someone who drinks several caffeinated beverages per day. That evidently wasn't a concern as far as the experiment went and I caved and drank the 5 hour energy. Fortunately I was also working a night shift at my hospital job so I didn't have to worry that it would keep me up all night because I needed to be up all night anyway. I do remember that I had an episode of acute onset dizziness/nausea sometime in the middle of the night/while doing an admission assessment and I had to excuse myself and run to the back room before I passed out. It ended up passing but one of those drinks in my lifetime was more than enough.
- 2Aug 24, '13 by TheCommuter, ASN, RN Senior ModeratorI work 12-hour night shifts and occasionally consume a can of Rockstar energy drink.
With 240 milligrams of caffeine, it certainly does a good job at keeping me wakeful at night. I drink the blueberry/acai flavored ones that are sugar-free and 20 calories per can.
- 0Aug 24, '13 by vamedic4I have used energy drinks sparingly, as in...maybe ten times in as many years. And I don't do the "drinks" like Monster or Rockstar, I do the energy shots...12 Hour Energy. It's much less to consume for me. I can't be drinking 20 ounces of something that feels like bees buzzing around in my mouth. The 12 Hour Energy does help me focus and concentrate though.
- 0Aug 24, '13 by smoupThe only thing with caffeine in it I consume would be caffeine pills, and only if I know I will have trouble staying awake. Like others, I worked night shift, three 12's, now only one 12 every other week with school starting. I didn't use caffeine of any sort in undergrad for my first degree and I can't really say I like the effects of it. I guess since I'm not used to it. I use it sparingly.