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Brits spend 12 years feeling tired, relying on daily caffeine or sugary snacks

The average Brit spends the equivalent of nearly 12 years of their life feeling tired – and relies on caffeine and sugary snacks to get them through the day.

A survey of 2,000 adults revealed the pandemic has worn us out, with 45% feeling more tired since it began.

This is felt the most among 18 to 24-year-olds as 68% are more fatigued than usual.

The average adult spends three-and-a-half hours a day feeling lethargic – amounting to more than 100,000 hours over a lifetime.

This is blamed on poor sleep (55%) and being stuck inside (36%).

As a result, more than four in 10 are worried about how they will have the energy to cope with life's daily demands when they get back to normal.

But to get themselves through the day, the research by California Almonds revealed almost four in 10 have 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.

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.

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"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."

The study also found just one per cent of respondents claim to NEVER feel tired during the day, with 11% "rarely" experiencing sluggishness.

But when they are worn out, 42% of those polled via OnePoll struggle to concentrate, 28% find completing household tasks hard and 15% 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."

Rob Hobson's top tips for improving emotional, physical and mental energy

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.

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