How often do you say you feel tired?
Saying you felt tired used to be a staple part of office chat pre-pandemic, so it’s unsurprising to hear that feeling tired stacks up to about 12 years of a person’s life, according to new research.
Doing the maths, it looks like each day the average adult spends three-and-a-half hours feeling lethargic, which in total comes to 100,000 hours in a lifetime.
A survey of 2,000 adults found that 45% are feeling more worn out since the pandemic begun – most likely due to all the additional stress it’s placed on our health, finances, careers, family lives and wellbeing.
Not to mention how the pandemic has negatively impacted upon our sleep too.
As a result, large numbers turn to caffeine and sugary snacks to keep them going during the day – the seemingly fail-safe options for an energy boost.
Although, we know they make us crash harder later.
Almost four in 10 supplement their energy with extra coffee and a third reach for more sugar, as found by California Almonds who commissioned the study.
The age group feeling this the most are 18 to 24 year olds, as 68% of them feel more fatigued than usual and put it down to poor sleep quality and being stuck inside.
Overall, 40% said they feel worried about sustaining their energy when life gets back to ‘normal’, which will likely mean earlier wakeup times to allow for commutes, meal prep and the school run.
Nutritionist Rob Hobson says our go-to food and drink items to fight tiredness keep the cycle going.
‘While coffee and sweet treats provide a quick hit, they also cause sugar “crashes” which can leave you feeling more sluggish than before.
‘Steer clear of foods that are high in sugar and instead choose foods like almonds that contain protein, fibre and fat which deliver a slow release of sustained energy that lasts hours.
Nutritionist Rob Hobson's top tips for improving your emotional, physical and mental energy
Have a goal mindset: Start by creating the right mindset, focusing on the positives – like the easing of lockdown – and use this as a goal to reboot your energy levels.
Let the sun in: Sunlight emits short wavelength blue light which can help to stimulate the brain and make you feel more awake, so it’s important to have exposure to sunlight.
Plan in nutrients: Try to plan your meals using foods in their natural state to get the most out of every mouthful and glean a rich supply of nutrients from your diet to keep you feeling your best.
Consume what doesn’t make you crash: Switch up the sugar for fibre rich foods, such as almonds, which metabolise slowly resulting in more even blood sugar levels.
‘Food is our main source of fuel and eating more mindfully and making smart snacking choices can make a significant difference to your energy levels in the long term.
‘Sustained energy sources last for longer periods of time because they are digested slower, slowly releasing the energy we need to keep us going,’ he said.
Of the Brits surveyed by OnePoll, just 1% claimed to never feel tired and 11% rarely experience sluggishness – so it’s clearly a problem for most of the nation.
Common issues reported by people when tired are struggling to concentrate, complete simple household tasks, and communicate clearly.
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