Why 3 in 5 Americans feel more exhausted now than they’ve ever been
Three in five Americans feel more tired now than they’ve ever been in their lives, according to new research.
In a study of 2,000 respondents, 59% said that spending so much time at home since early 2020 has permanently sapped them of their energy.
Fifty-eight percent confessed to feeling disjointed and unfocused, and catching a few Zzzs doesn’t appear to be a viable solution — over half (55%) think no amount of sleep can help them feel focused during the day.
The survey, which was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Monster Energy, found the most common energy-depleting activity to be poor sleep scheduling, according to 56% of respondents.
Half also blamed long work hours (53%) or being stuck inside (52%) when there were lockdowns as the reason for their perpetual exhaustion.
Forty-six percent said their exhaustion is due to too much screen time, while 41% blamed the lack of routine in their lives during the worst of the pandemic.
And according to respondents who’ve been working from home (34%), many of the activities they used to keep their energy levels up are no longer possible.
Nearly seven in ten (69%) even claim that working from home has messed with their sleep schedule.
When those surveyed begin to feel that dreaded energy dip — at around 1:04 pm, on average — 64% of them will reach for drinks that contain caffeine to provide them a boost for added focus and productivity.
“Working from home has become the ‘new normal’ for many of us,” said a spokesperson for Monster Energy. “It seems like just about everyone we talk to is feeling a little tired and unfocused while they’ve been working from home.”
Video conferences have also contributed to the energy drain — three in five respondents find them to be even more exhausting than in-person meetings.
Many seem to miss the energy boost from physically being in the office; nearly one in two (49%) said spontaneous conversations with coworkers really helped to keep them upbeat and alert.
Results from a supporting survey of 2,005 Americans showed that while many respondents credited caffeine with being an energy booster, fewer know about the positive effects of taurine.
Only 37% identified taurine as a key ingredient in energy drinks, compared to 81% who said the same of caffeine.
And 35% thought that the natural ingredient is actually synthetically produced, while a third admitted they know nothing about it at all.
However, only 14% correctly identified it as an amino acid, with 35% erroneously listing it as a stimulant instead.
TOP 10 REASONS FOR EXHAUSTION
- Poor sleep schedule — 56%
- Long work hours — 53%
- Being stuck inside — 52%
- Too much screen time — 46%
- No change in scenery — 42%
- No pre-COVID-19 routine — 41%
- Current events — 39%
- No breaks — 36%
- Lack of alone time — 33%
- My children — 31%
TOP FIVE ENERGY-BOOSTERS AT WORK
- Spontaneous conversations with coworkers — 49%
- Getting up and walking around the office — 45%
- Change of scenery during the day — 42%
- Leaving my desk to get coffee or lunch — 33%
- Structured routine (working 9–5, etc.) — 33%
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