What defines "THE BEST" energy drink for night shift?
If you’ve ever wondered what to drink to help keep you awake on the night shift, this list is for you. While making the list of the best energy drinks for night shift, I used three criteria: 1) the drink has to be a top-selling brand, 2) it has to have the right amount of caffeine, and 3) it has to have other ingredients science has proven effective for boosting attention.
I know you have many, many choices when it comes to caffeinated beverages, but by sticking with the top-selling brands, you can be sure these brands taste good and are easy to find at grocery stores and gas stations. And, while caffeine does all the heavy lifting keeping you awake, there are several other ingredients that can be Robin to caffeine’s Batman.
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Energy Boosting Ingredients
If you want to overcome tiredness and get more energy working night shift, caffeine (and a short nap) is the most effective. But if taking a short nap isn’t possible, what should you drink to help keep you awake? To answer this question, we turn to science.
The good news is there are plenty of research papers on energy supplements for night shift workers and for the military.
The even better news is I’ve done all the hard work for you by reading this research! I’ll spare you the details and summarize the important parts.
The following ingredients help you pay attention, even when sleep-deprived. This comes from a systematic review, which is a meticulous summary of what all the other research papers have to say about this topic.
- Caffeine – optimal dose, 200 mg
- Tyrosine – optimal dose, 2 grams (2,000 mg)
- Guarana – optimal dose, 75 mg
- Ginkgo Biloba – optimal dose, 120 mg
- Ginseng – optimal dose, 200 mg
- B-vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 – optimal dose, 100% DV
- Theanine – optimal dose, 200 mg
- SUGAR FREE – research suggests sugar + caffeine can make you MORE tired than caffeine alone
Now that the criteria is clear, it's time to introduce the best energy drinks for working night shift!
But first, in case this is your first time here, let me introduce myself:
Hi there, I research caffeine, energy drinks, and fatigue in the workplace.
I’ve been passionate about the science behind energy drinks since 2003. But not even the best energy drink can cure burnout! After getting my master’s degree in food science, I wrote a book about “The 5 Levels of Fatigue” and the secrets to caffeine, motivation, and productivity for the sleep-deprived and overwhelmed. Above all, my mission as the “GreenEyedGuide” is to help people who deal with caffeine and fatigue on a regular basis.
Energy Boosting Beverages for Night Shift
Top-selling brands with the right amount of caffeine and at least one other energy boosting ingredient. These drinks will help you overcome tiredness, keep you awake, and get more energy when you work night shift.
Monster Zero Ultra
Caffeine (160 mg), Taurine, Ginseng, Carnitine, Guarana, B-vitamins
Rockstar Pure Zero
Caffeine (240 mg), Taurine, Milk Thistle, Ginseng, Guarana, B-vitamins
Uptime Energy Original Sugar Free
Caffeine (142 mg), Theanine, Ginseng
C4 Sparkling Energy
Caffeine (200 mg), Beta-Alanine, Citrulline, n-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, B-vitamins
Zipfizz Healthy Energy Drink Mix
Caffeine (100 mg), Taurine, Guarana, Green Coffee Bean Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, B-vitamins
Caffeine (200 mg), Taurine, Guarana, Green Tea Extract
Coffee, Tea, and Energy Drink Alternatives for Night Shift
For even more recommendations, download the Night Shift Energy Boost Shopping list. You’ll get a printable list with:
- The energy drinks above,
- Ready-to-Drink Coffees,
- Bottled teas, AND
- healthy swaps for those trying to cut back on energy drinks
There you have it. Did your favorites make the list? What are your favorite night shift energy boosting food or drinks? Leave a reply below or connect with me via social media. Thanks for stopping by!