Brits Spend Equivalent Of More Than Seven Years Feeling Tired

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Research has found that Brits spend the equivalent of more than seven-and-a-half years of their life feeling tired.

A study, commissioned by Healthspan, discovered that the average adult spends two hours and 56 minutes feeling drained each day.

That adds up to more than 20 hours each week which is almost four days each month or six weeks every year.


Worryingly four in 10 out of those studied went as far to say they feel like they’re ‘running on empty’.

More concerning is the fact 43 per cent admitted they have occasions where they feel tired from the moment they awake to the moment they go to sleep.

But what is causing Britain to be so tired?


Medical nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer thinks it may be due to a ‘lack of vitamin D’.

She explained:

It’s not widely known that a lack of vitamin D is associated with fatigue and exhaustion.

Lack of vitamin D may contribute to the energy slump that many people experience towards the end of winter when our vitamin D levels are at their lowest.

Correcting a vitamin D deficiency can significantly improve fatigue in otherwise healthy people with vitamin D deficiency.

Other nutrients are also involved in preventing tiredness and fatigue, including B vitamins (folate, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12), vitamin C, iron and magnesium.

Diet should always come first, but if you’re running on empty, a multivitamin and mineral supplement plus added vitamin D is a good idea.

If you follow a plant based diet, and are lacking in energy, a lack of iron may be involved – if you think you could be anaemic, see your doctor.

According to the research, sleepless nights are the most common reason for tiredness with 54 per cent of the population putting the blame on them.


More than a third said their exhaustion was due to early mornings with another third blaming winter’s dark and long nights.

Others gave poor diet, bad weather, yo-yo dieting and long working hours as reasons for feeling exhausted.

To nobody’s surprise, Monday was revealed to be the day of the week where people felt they had the least amount of energy.


The study also found out 18 per cent of people have had to take a day’s annual leave just because they were too tired to carry on.

A further 14 per cent have even phoned in sick to catch up on much needed sleep.

Exhaustion is also damaging people’s social lives with 58 per cent admitting they have cancelled plans with friends because they were too tired.


To get themselves through the day, four in 10 Brits turn to coffee or go for a walk in the fresh air.

44 per cent of respondents have early nights to avoid feeling tired the next day with almost four in 10 taking supplements to try and boost their energy.

Here are the top 10 reasons for feeling tired:

1. A sleepless night
2. Having to get up early
3. A late night
4. Dark mornings and evenings
5. Bad weather
6. Too much or not enough exercise
7. Working long hours
8. Busy work schedules
9. A poor diet
10. A large workload