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Heading Back to Campus - A Couple Tips

Monday, August 29, 2011

It's that time of year again… Soon the smell of backyard cookouts and chlorine will be replaced with the smell of new textbooks and sharpened pencils. College students are heading back to campus, and that means back to two-hour lectures, hectic schedules, and late-night study sessions.

College can be an intimidating place; the days of recess and snack time have been replaced with 20-page research papers and more pages to read in one week than a chapter book. College can also be an unforgettable time of discovery, growth and fun.

You may have met your new roommate, moved into your new apartment, or bought all of your supplies, but we want to make sure you are really ready to meet this semester head-on. We have compiled a few college survival tips to help make your next year of learning fun and productive!

Create some space: If you have not already registered for classes, try not to schedule all of your classes back-to-back. The best time to review a few notes is in the hour right before or right after a class. Not to mention, a break will give you the chance to unwind, grab a healthy snack, and take your time getting to your next class. Give yourself time to prepare and regroup, plan ahead to stay organized!

Study smart: Many college students would probably agree that it feels like the majority of their time at school is spent studying, outside of the classroom. Studying is important, but it does not have to take up every minute of your day and night if you do it right. First of all, try to study during the day. What takes you an hour during the day might take you two hours at night. Second, find a comfortable study space that has all materials readily available. Find a space with minimum distractions and one that you use for studying ONLY.

Next, put studying in your planner. Make a schedule of when you are going to study each day and stick to it. Don't put anything off, especially reading assignments. Make studying a priority. It also helps to find a buddy or two in each of your classes that you can study with. Quizzing each other makes studying more fun! Finally, study the hard stuff first. It doesn’t make sense to delve into the material you find the most challenging three hours into your study session, when your brain already feels fried.

Don't procrastinate on learning: Your professor presents material that you know will be on the test and that will be difficult to learn. You decide you will learn it later so you write it down while thinking about lunch. We have all done it. Instead of saving it for later, learn and memorize the material as it is presented, or take an hour after class to study. When finals come around, you might be surprised that "cramming" turns into "reviewing."

Start your day off early: You might dread those early morning lectures, but scheduling classes too late in the morning might allow you to sleep more than you need to. Getting an early start to your morning will make your day more productive. Wake yourself up with a light jog and a good breakfast. Use daylight hours instead of nighttime hours to get the homework and studying done.

Life is not a race: Don't be in a hurry to decide what you want to do with your life. You don't need to declare a major right away. Take your time and enjoy exploring your options. Getting a taste of each subject will make school more interesting and will ensure that you find your true passion. Many colleges offer academic advisors and career counseling to help make the major decisions more manageable.

Don't forget to have fun: Your recesses don't have to be totally eliminated, make some time for active fun. Don't use your breaks to sit around and do nothing, get outside with some friends and blow off some steam and stress with your favorite sport or activity.

School doesn't have to darken the end of a sunny summer. Use these tips to make college a little less stressful and a lot more fun. But first, get out there and enjoy the summer sun!

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Introducing 5-Hour ENERGY's Newest Featured Fans!

Monday, August 22, 2011
Selecting winners in our Featured Fan contest is always difficult. With dozens of entries from hard working people from all walks of life, narrowing the field down to 20 winners was difficult, but also inspiring as we read how 5-hour ENERGY® is helping so many people whether they're an athlete, student, parent, coach, teacher, shift worker, soldier, or executive. We were so inspired by their stories that we want to give everyone a chance to read them. The 20 fans that impressed us the most are being awarded with 72 bottles of their favorite 5-hour ENERGY® shot.

These inspiring winners will be added to the full list of Featured Fans on the 5-hour ENERGY® Website complete with photos and descriptions. Here is a sneak peek into how they captured our attention:

Andrew Mendozza - Burlingame, CA
I am the captain of the rowing team at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA and I have to wake up at 4:30 AM nine months a year for practice. Using 5-hour ENERGY® not only helps me perform my best, and lead my team, but also gets me through my classes without feeling sluggish or drowsy. Thanks for making such a great product!

Mickey Allen - Cheneyville, LA
I own and operate a small fire hose testing business. We work in heat indexes of up to 105 and humidity levels in the 90s. Our work sites are parking lots with no shade, and our average day includes 12 to 14 hours of physically demanding work. After about 7 hours we need all the help we can get and 5-hour ENERGY® is the only thing that helps us finish our day. Thanks for a good product.

John Black - Rialto, CA
I have been a police officer for the past 11 years. I worked 12.5 hour shifts in a busy city. In this profession the tired wall hits you half way through your shift. I tried 5-hour ENERGY® and noticed the positive effects immediately. I now use 5-hour ENERGY® everyday for work, the gym, and just everyday life. I feel more alert without the sugar rush and love it. Many of my fellow co-workers have also switched to 5-hour ENERGY®.

Steve Barnett - Beaufort, SC
When I retired from the Army back in 2008, I immediately went back to work full-time and then picked up an additional part-time job. For 3 days a week I work both for a total of about 14 hours plus the part-time hours I pick up on the weekends. One of the 2 week nights I have off, I attend a class at the local tech college to get my degree. 5-hour ENERGY® gets me through my double shift days and I appreciate your terrific flavors.

Amanda Petty - Mesa, AZ
I am a mother of three energetic children. 5-hour ENERGY® is my fuel to keep up with these little guys. Initially, I was hesitant to try your product but when I was averaging maybe 4 hours of sleep, I became desperate. I hate coffee so my husband suggested I try 5-hour ENERGY®. It was the best day. Your product is phenomenal! It really does put a pep in my step, within minutes and there is no let down later. The cherry on top is the 0 sugars and 4 calories. Now I get up in the morning, slam down a 5-hour ENERGY® and say "Let's do this". I truly appreciate what it has done for me. I recommend it to all my twin mommy friends.

If you're impressed with these stories, be sure to take a look at what three other dedicated fans were able to do with empty 5-hour ENERGY® bottles, winning our "Empty Bottle Brainchild Contest." Their masterpieces just might blow you away! Stay up to speed with 5-hour ENERGY® on The Energy Shot Blog, @5HourEnergyGuy on Twitter, The 5-Hour ENERGY® Facebook Page, or The 5-Hour ENERGY® Website. A big shout-out to all of our dedicated 5-hour fans; make sure to keep an eye on our 5-Hour ENERGY® contest page for more chances to show off your 5-hour love!


Empty Bottle Brainchild Winners Announced

Tuesday, August 16, 2011
We received many ingenious creations for our Empty Bottle Brainchild Contest and after careful consideration we have selected three winners. You may remember his glowing 5-hour ENERGY® Christmas tree from the "Where's your 5-hour Energy Shot?" contest back in December. That's right; Matt Bellner has claimed the Grand Prize for the second time in a row, this time with a brainchild just as bright as his last.

Matt submitted a photo via the 5-hour ENERGY® website of a putting green lined with empty 5-hour ENERGY® bottles. It's a straight shot to the hole, above which 5-hour bottles that appear to hang in midair spell out "5-hour ENERGY". Matt included in his caption a curious note stating "It also has special powers when the lights go off." These 'powers' grabbed our attention in the video Matt included, when each bottle lit up to form a beautifully lit wall of 5-hour ENERGY® bottles, encompassing Matt's impressive hole-in-one with a glow-in-the-dark golf ball.

For his brilliant masterpiece, Matt received one year supply of 5-hour ENERGY® for the second time in a row. Who knows, maybe by the time of our next contest, Matt will have an entire 5-hour ENERGY® golf course built. Matt included a trailer documenting his 5-hour ENERGY® putting green process. Check out how Matt's brainchild came to life and look out for the special effects in the end.

Our second and third place 5-hour ENERGY® crafters also won a serious supply of 5-hour ENERGY® shots.

Candace Donato was awarded second place and a six-month supply of 5-hour ENERGY® (180 bottles) for creating a stylish array of accessories with her empty bottles. Candace sent us a picture wearing her 5-hour ENERGY® necklace, bracelet, earrings, and ring.

Steven Arant claimed third place and 90 5-hour ENERGY® shots when he sent us a picture of his reenergized office cubicle. Steven created wallpaper out of 5-hour ENERGY® bottles, which he says has changed his motivation to get things done. As a caption to his submission, Steven wrote:

"My wallpaper, from drab to energized. After realizing that my drab gray/tan cube walls were just slowing me down from the boredom I energized it with 5-hour Energy. Let me tell you I am never feeling bored. The wallpaper brings out my desire to do more. In fact my wall has inspired others to convert to 5-hour ENERGY and now they are advocates, too. Thank you 5-Hour ENERGY for being there. P.S. I like 5-hour ENERGY better than coffee any day."

Can anyone take on our two-time defending champ, Matt Bellner? Keep an eye out for our next contest for your chance to claim the spotlight and win some extra 5-hour ENERGY® shots. Check out one or all of these 5-hour ENERGY® hotspots:

The 5-hour ENERGY® Website

The Energy Shot Blog

The 5-hour ENERGY® Facebook Page

@5HourEnergyGuy on Twitter

As soon as we launch a new 5-hour ENERGY® contest, we'll post the details. Until then, get the inside information and interact with us on any one of the online platforms listed above.


Surviving the Night Shift

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The buzz on your alarm clock jolts you from sleep. You grudgingly reach for it and look at the time: 8 p.m. The sun is setting outside your window and you think to yourself, what in the world is going on? But it only takes your mind a split second to remember, oh yeah, I have a night shift.

Irrespective of your night shifts being a vocational requirement, or a personal preference, they can prevent you from getting that crucial snooze time that’s essential for healthy mind and body functioning. After all, you are doing the opposite of what your body is naturally inclined to do. Whether you are a night shift veteran or a nervous newbie, here are a few facts and tips about night shifts that might help you avoid hitting that wall during the graveyard shift.

• Ease into it. If you are new, shift slowly. Do not try and turn your life around 180 degrees in one day.

• Socialize. Do not let night shifts reduce you to hermit status. Whether it is on the weekend or in a small part of your weekday, spend time with friends and family. Relationships are essential to mental health.

• Discipline yourself. Set a sleep schedule and stick to it. You must get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per day, so find a block of time to run errands and work out after you get those essential hours in.

• Follow through. Try not to go back and forth between being a nighttime worker during the week and a nighttime sleeper on the weekends. Your mind and body will be constantly thrown off when you try to stay awake during the day on the weekends and during the nights on week nights. In the long run, it is better for your health and your social life if you stick to one schedule.

• Cheat a little. Fool your body as best you can into thinking it is nighttime. Night shift workers are most often interrupted by noise in the house, such as other people, children, and phone calls. Wear ear plugs, make sure others are aware of your situation, turn off the phone, and make the room as dark as possible. As an alternative to earplugs, keep a fan running. Fans drown out 90% of the noise that normally wakes you up.

• Snack healthy and hydrate. Do not forget to take care of yourself. In other words, keep eating healthy, home cooked meals on a regular schedule. Eat healthy snacks and drink plenty of fluids during your shift. It is a good idea to pack a brown bag with healthy foods to avoid the vending machines and 24-hour fast food joints. Sugary and fatty foods can make you feel more tired.

• Exercise. Find a time to work out and stick to that schedule. There are plenty of 24-hour gyms that are begging for you to stay in shape.

• Listen to your body. Finally, if the night shift is not for you or is becoming detrimental to your health, ask for a new shift, get a doctor's signature, or get a new job.

We hope this helps add a little sunshine to your night shift. If you are an experienced night owl and have the night shifts down to a tee, chime in with your pointers on how to have a successful night shift on our Facebook Page.