BRITS spend an average of 12 years of their lives being tired, new research has revealed.
Experts say that most adults rely on sugary drinks and caffeine hits to get them through the day.
The research revealed that the average adult spends three-and-a-half hours a day feeling lethargicCredit: Getty – Contributor
Around 45 per cent of adults have been left “worn out” by the Covid-19 pandemic, the survey of 2,000 adults found.
This, the experts said, was felt the most among 18–24-year-olds – as 68 per cent are more fatigued than usual.
On average, it was revealed that the average adult spends three-and-a-half hours a day feeling lethargic – amounting to more than 100,000 hours over a lifetime.
Over 55 per cent blamed this on poor sleep, with 36 per cent saying it was because they were stuck inside due to Covid restrictions.
The UK is still in a third coronavirus lockdown but restrictions are set to if Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap goes to plan.
If infection levels stay down then normal life could be resumed by the summer.
But the research, by California Almonds, found that four in 10 Brits are worried about how they will have the energy to cope with normal life once restrictions are fully lifted,
To get through the day, four in 10 Brits guzzle four or more coffees – while a third have four or more sugary snacks to get an energy boost.
Although just one in five believe nuts, such as almonds, will give you an energy boost.
Many Brits rely on coffee and sugary snacks to staff alert throughout the dayCredit: Getty – Contributor
Nutritionist Rob Hobson said: “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.
“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.
“Almonds are a good example – they contain plant protein, healthy fats plus fibre and have been found to help curb hunger and reduce the potential for making unhealthy food choices later in the day.”
With most Brits feeling sluggish, there were a small number of participants who said they never fell tired during the day, with 11 per cent “rarely” experiencing sluggishness.
Top tips for preserving energy
Rob Hobson reveals his top tips for staying alert
Mindset Matters: 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.
Natural 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.
Ditch the Downers: Switch up the sugar for fibre rich foods, such as almonds, which metabolise slowly resulting in more even blood sugar levels.
But when they are worn out, 42 per cent of those polled via OnePoll struggle to concentrate, 28 per cent find completing household tasks hard and 15 per cent have problems communicating.
Made in Chelsea star and health influencer Louise Thompson said: “Pre-lockdown, my days were always active so when life starts to return to normal, I know I’ll need an extra boost.
“I always try to stay mindful of what I eat to ensure I maintain my get up and go attitude throughout the day and nuts like almonds are one of my favourite snacks that help to keep me going throughout the day.
“They are high in magnesium, which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, and per 30g handful they also provide 6g of energising plant protein.”