Go to Energy Drink?

Most people who work in finance work long hours and often rely on energy stimulants to keep them awake and focused.

Do you lean coffee or tea? Or are you an energy drink kind of guy? Would love to see what is the preferred energy stimulant of WSO.

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Oct 28, 2016 - 1:50am

Tier 1: Pressed coffee or sugar-free Redbull
Tier 2: Rockstar Pure Zero (that shit wires you)
Tier 3: Railing addy or vyvanse (half joking)
For some reason caffeine pills don't do the trick for me.

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Oct 28, 2016 - 3:43am

Double Espresso, Sugar free red bull

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Oct 28, 2016 - 1:42pm

I have to mix it up, but

  • espresso because of the espresso machine in break room
  • 5-hour energy
  • Monster - the white can is delicious
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Oct 29, 2016 - 7:08am

Redbull. Gives me wings.

I also just drink lots of tea to keep myself hydrated and eat small snacks constantly, because half the time my lethargy stems from being thirsty and/or hungry.

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Oct 30, 2016 - 1:17am

I've struggled to find drinks with guarana extract in New York. Guarana is much better than caffeine + sugar. There's one iced tea brand that has it, plus a few herbal energy drinks eg Runa.

Those who can, do. Those who can't, post threads about how to do it on WSO.
Oct 30, 2016 - 8:18pm

Caffeine pills, I don't need diabetes (energy drinks) or to waste my money on coffee (tastes like crap, makes your breath smell like it). Much more efficient. Drinking a ton of water throughout the day makes a huge difference. If you really make an effort to consistently go to the water cooler and refill your bottle each time it runs out and do this throughout the whole day you'll feel so much better. This, combined with regular exercise, makes me generally only need a caffeine pill once every 2 weeks or so (or when I have a headache).

Oct 31, 2016 - 4:43pm

Best Energy Drink (Originally Posted: 09/03/2008)

I'm normally a black coffee drinking, 20 oz's...but I find Full Throttle has quite a kick. What is everyone favorite energy drink to shotgun/chug to get back to work?

Oct 31, 2016 - 4:50pm

I think Red Bull tastes like crap, so I've tried nearly every other brand trying to find a replacement. Unfortunately, nothing quite does the trick like Red Bull.

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Oct 31, 2016 - 4:51pm

2 words: yerba mate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yerba_mate). From South America, this is the strongest (legal) stimulant I've ever had.

Red Bull et al don't even come close.

You can buy a watered down version of yerba at Whole Foods / Trader Joe's and a few other stores but I recommend importing the loose-leaf version - it's STRONG.

Basically you get all the positive effects of coffee without caffeine or anything negative.

Oct 31, 2016 - 4:59pm
2 words: yerba mate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yerba_mate). From South America, this is the strongest (legal) stimulant I've ever had.

Dosk, care to share a good place to get the real stuff online?

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Oct 31, 2016 - 4:56pm

does anyone else have a hard time drinking a standard red bull and not getting the hint of vodka on the back of your tongue? i can't separate the 2....

I'm personally a fan of black tea

Oct 31, 2016 - 4:57pm

I'm partial to coffee, served black, no milk and sugar, but then again, I can only have one cup between wake-up and 9 am or it throws my balance off for the rest of the day. That being said, when it comes to energy drinks, I'm partial to Monster Lo-Carb, Suger Free Red Bull, Amp and, for when I'm going through a major gaming session, Bawls is a good choice. Most of the other stuff just tastes awful.

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:01pm

there is an e-book called "How to Sleep Less and Have More Energy Than You've Ever Had Before"

its a short read but has a lot of interesting information about how sleep works and how its possibly to survive on as little as 4 hours of sleep a night. it emphasizes the importance of "quality" sleep over a high "quantity" of sleep. it talks about how bad caffeine is for your sleep cycle and how the best thing is to drink enough water, exercise even if just for 15 min a day, get enough sunlight which can be emulated by a "lightbook" that can sit on your desk (apparently high-energy light or whatever its called is a big part of what determines how good your sleep is).

probably sounds like a bunch of crock to some of you, and personally i still love coffee/red bull and refuse to kick the habit, but its still a good read that helps you understand sleep a lot better. feel free to PM me with your email address if you want me to send the PDF along. it is also available all over BitTorrent search engines

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:02pm

Pedigreed Monkey,

While I haven't read the book, I certainly agree with the concept, in particular the drink enough water suggestion. I drink more than half a gallon of water per day in the office, and I never drink any coffee and only touch a redbull after an allnighter. While it means more trips to the restroom, it certainly keeps me feeling mentally alert and energetic. Back when I had more time to exercise, I felt great all day even on less sleep. I can't speak to how much sunlight helps, but there could possibly be some merits there.

I actually bought a book on sleep last night and am looking forward to reading it. I think taking the steps to make your body comfortable can definitely improve your ability to work in this type of environment.



Oct 31, 2016 - 5:04pm

Umm.... Adderall. Concerta. Dexcedrine.

If you're not into meds, "5 hour energy" shots work really well. I sleep like 10-15 hours a week and those 4 have me covered.

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Oct 31, 2016 - 5:10pm

no AM. 2 days with no sleep. but again "I don't need it to stay up past, I just need it to give me a little boost so I can get the shit done that I have to get done. Staying up all night is the easy part, making it through the day... that's another story."

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:16pm

A nice cup of man the fuck up works best.

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Oct 31, 2016 - 5:26pm

Red Bull is the truth.

Side note: is the "quote" button gone?

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Oct 31, 2016 - 5:32pm

I think I've said this before, but it beats red bull, coffee, and espresso, especially if you're not used to it. Not sure about cocaine, but at least yerba mate is cheaper.

Try to get the looseleaf variety if you can as it's a lot stronger... if you can't find that, sometimes Trader Joe's (depending on the location) has the tea bag version. That's ok but I think the loose leaf one is way better / stronger.


Oct 31, 2016 - 5:35pm

Well, there are varying shades of legality and long term effectiveness. Dosk's suggestion of Yerba Mate is probably your best bet for an effective, sustained stimulant. You could also look in to caffeine pills for shorter bursts (though those do nothing for me), or consider adderrall if you're finding your productivity lagging. Honestly though, a glass of cold water can be 10x as effective as coffee at times

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:36pm

Stick with Espresso with a little sambuca

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Oct 31, 2016 - 5:37pm

Adderall + coffee. I swear to god if the coffee guy downstairs started crushing up 10mg into each cup, he'd put everyone else out of business. The come-down from a caffeine pill is too hard, and you look like a tool drinking an energy drink. Stick to the good shit-- coffee to get you up, and an amphetamine salt to keep you going. Enjoy.

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:38pm

adderall is legit when you really need to pound through work at 4am (esp when you're a SA trying not to fuck up again)...i used this a few times over the summer.

there are newer ones out that are a bit stronger like metadate cd and vys....but really try to use sparingly and in the smallest dosage possible. i started using this stuff way back in early high school but did a good job of only using it when i really needed it (finals, etc), but i have seen too many of my friends start off with 20mg being enough, to them needing 70mg every few hours. no way this stuff can be good for you in the long term, so use sparingly and in small doses, or not at all if you don't need it

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:39pm

One of the best ways to maximize the effect of stimulants is to use them sparingly. I've cut out my caffeine intake. At first I thought it was impossible to go without morning coffee (I was like a zombie well into the afternoon), just replace it with something else. I drink a protein shake or OJ instead, don't feel any different.

When I've had a brutal night and need to be at top efficiency in the AM, or when its 5 PM and I have to knock out a shit ton of work before morning, I'll use stimulants. And then its like rocket fuel. I take 1 normal sized can of redbull and crush up anywhere from 5 to 10mg of adderall, and mix it in with the redbull. Sometimes Ill just chew the adderall and drink the redbull after. I typically kick some major ass for the next couple of hours. As a result of dubbed this concoction "bonus juice" and rightfully so.

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:41pm

you can do it with whatever, i'll crush up a 20 or 30mg XR (the beads inside), and just lick the tip of my finger and dip it once/twice in the power, down it with some water, and I'm good for a few hours. combine with a redbull if you really need to power through, but usually i don't need that (that and a redbull would start to make my heart pound uncomfortably)

i'm not doctor, so i don't know how it reacts w/ carbonated stuff, but really use the smallest possible amount. so if you feel it with just water, don't take coffee/redbull....limit this stuff bc you will thank yourself later when they find out that these stimulants give you leporacy or something

i had a friend nearly overdose on adderall, spent a rough night in the hospital drinking charcoal or whatever they give you (granted this was when we were pretty young/stupid)....moral, don't take more then you need

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:42pm

I know some people who have a rotation between: caffeine, cocaine, weight loss pills and adderall/focalin. They use caffeine for 3 weeks, cocaine 2-3 times a week for 3 weeks, 3 weeks of weight loss pills, and then adderall 2 times a week for 2 weeks.

Personally, I like sipping on nitric oxide throughout the day to keep me going on 3-4hrs.

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:45pm

you'll probably have an analyst who is on prescription for addy or something similar, just buy or bum them from him

one of the interns last summer had a script, and one of the 2nd yrs was going crazy for them, taking like 90mg a night....nuts

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:47pm

Jesus, the MTV generation is a sad bunch.

Repeat after me: Prescription medication is for RECREATION, not performance enhancement.

Is it that hard to score good blow these days? Keep a bindle in your desk, blast a scoot whenever you're under the gun, and you'll work like a fiend. Makes you fun to be around, too.

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:54pm

I've started taking copious amounts of time released B vitamins... its making my urine look like anti-freeze.

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