Chardonee Wright, Staff Writer:
From the time my feet hits the cold wooden floor in my room, until I lay back down at night, I am on the go.
Between being a full time student and part-time worker, tiredness seems to creep up on me even when I get the recommended eight hours of sleep.
I find myself yawning in some classes, or trying very hard to keep my eyes open in another. I consider myself to be the typical college student.
I have a course load of work to handle at school and another load of responsibilities at my job where I work the evening shift. Oh yea, add in my social life, and you have a typical day of Chardonee’ Wright.
Reality is, sometimes I need a little energy boost.
One night not too long ago, I was tired. Very tired after class. I had a long day at school and still needed to be to work that night from 6-11 pm. How was I going to do this?
My cousin recommended to take a 5 hour energy drink. At first I was skeptical. Would I crash? Would it make me even more tired?
All these questions popped into my head as I made the decision to go to Walgreens and buy one anyway.
After taking it before my evening shift, I suddenly felt some energy. Not too much, but not too little. I was okay after I had taken it. I completed my shift without crashing or feeling even more tired.
So what did I do after I found out a product has kept it’s promise? I bought a couple more bottles of 5 hour energy.
Soon, I had a little stash in my car, and would sporadically sip here and there whenever I needed that extra “boost.” After about a week of relying on these energy drinks, I had to stop myself. Was I becoming addicted?
Did I really rely on some type of concoction in a little red bottle to give me an energy boost whenever I felt tiredness creeping up on me? My God, I didn’t even really look up the side effects or additional research on this drink, and somehow, I’ve made it a relevant part of my life.
So what did I do? I used my best friend “google.” I started to research exactly what the energy drink contained, what was it doing to my body, and whether it was safe.
According to 5hourenergy.com, a website that explains facts about the drink, states that the drink has zero calories and no sugar.
On the back of the bottle, the instructions tells you to drink a half bottle for moderate energy and a whole bottle for maximum energy.
Five hour energy comes in many flavors including berry, lemon, grape, and orange. A mix of B-vitamins, amino acids, and caffeine that is equivalent to a cup of coffee are it’s ingredients. The website advertises that you will not crash and that it is quick, simple, and effective to use.
Honestly, I would have to agree. I never crashed from taking it, and I actually felt a burst of energy after taking the drink. The problem with me was that I started to RELY on the drink to give me energy, rather than point out the actual problem – ME.
A balanced diet, some exercise, and better sleep implemented in my life would have been the better choice.
I am happy to admit that I have taken the necessary steps to start a healthier life. I know what you are thinking. It is definitely easier said than done. Of course I would love to indulge in a big slice of pepperoni pizza with a tall glass of lemonade.
But that was my problem, greasy foods made me tired and gave me less energy. That was the actual problem.
It was a domino effect.
Greasy and unhealthy foods plus no exercise equals me being tired all day.
Instead, I started to replace the greasy foods with fruits. I actually started to take time out and go to the grocery store, buy healthier foods, zip lock bags, and pack snacks with me for the day.
In addition, I’ve gotten a gym membership and have been sticking to a routine that allows me to work out in my free time instead of running to the buffet with my buddies after class. I have seen a difference. No longer do I rely on the energy drinks.
Moral of the story, people may put their health needs behind them. Yet, it is very important to not find yourself falling into a reliance on energy drinks because they are convenient. Everyone is different, so find out what works for you. After all, you want to live long right?!
From energy drinks to healthy sync
Chardonee Wright, Staff Writer: