Millions of Brits are ‘too tired’ to clean their home, cook meals – or have sex, a study has revealed.
Research polling 2,000 adults found they complain of tiredness four times a day, spending a total of three hours feeling low in energy.
As a result, Brits have avoided exercising (35%), doing the washing up (33%) and simply putting their clothes away in the wardrobe (33%).
More than one in five (23%) have even used it as a reason not to have a shower while 29% have been too tired to have sex.
Others admitted to being too exhausted to answer their phone (21%), go to the pub (20%) and remove their make-up (16%).
It also emerged that just after 3pm is the point at which Brits feel at their most tired, but they are most energetic at 11.10am.
A spokesperson for Vitabiotics Feroglobin, which commissioned the research, said: "Tiredness affects us all at one time or another but it’s interesting to see some of the small things it means we struggle to do.
"We’ve all dumped our clothes on the floor when we’ve got into bed rather than putting them away – at the end of a long day, being tidy is often at the bottom of our list of worries.
"With the country firmly in the grip of winter, the dark days and cold and wet weather can make you feel even more tired and less enthusiastic about doing something.
"But it’s also worth remembering things like your diet and a good intake of nutrients like iron and vitamin B12, in particular, can help to combat tiredness and fatigue."
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The study also found 39% of adults have ordered a takeaway because they were too tired to cook, while a third admitted to leaving wet washing in the machine as they didn’t have the energy to hang it up.
Others have cancelled a date or social event (27%), fallen asleep at work (15%) or pretended to be ill (22%) because they were feeling so tired.
But 43% of adults said that being low in energy affects their overall mood, with 27% crying and 27% arguing with a partner as a result.
More than six in 10 (63%) have even had someone comment that they look tired, including their children (19%), boss (16%) and a stranger (7%).
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It also emerged 64% feel they get more tired with age, and of those who have been working from home 2020, 55% feel it has made them more exhausted than when they were commuting and in their usual place of work.
The study carried out via OnePoll found 41% blame their tiredness on being unable to get to sleep at night, while 31% put it down to stress.
Others think it is due to their diet (15%), their children (9%) and the dark and cold weather (27%).
But 27% have been so concerned at how exhausted they feel that they have sought help from a doctor or health professional.
And six in 10 adults have at least one power nap a week.
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Top 30 things Brits have been too tired for:
- Tidying their home
- General exercise
- Doing the washing up
- Putting clothes away in the wardrobe
- Going for a walk
- Cooking dinner
- Having sex
- Washing their hair
- Going to social events
- Going food shopping
- Answering the phone
- Going for a run
- Going out for a meal
- Going to a friend’s house
- Going to the gym
- Going to the pub
- Brushing their teeth
- Reading a book
- Removing makeup
- Applying makeup
- Emptying the dishwasher
- Going to the cinema
- Straightening hair
- Talking to their partner
- Prepping packed lunches
- Going to work
- Hosting dinner
- Switching the lights off
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