Do You Run Out of Steam by Thursday Lunchtime?The average British worker ‘runs out of steam’ by 1.40pm on a Thursday, a study has revealed.


Researchers found that after a long week of dealing with hectic schedules and hefty workloads, most workers begin to wilt by Thursday afternoon. Many admitted to counting down the days until the weekend when they can recharge their batteries or even pull a sickie on a Friday because they are struggling so much.


It also emerged almost half have pulled out of weekend plans because the working week has left them feeling so drained.


The study, of 2,000 workers found 87 per cent say there are times when they feel low in energy or tired, with almost nine in ten admitting they start to run out of steam as the week goes on. One in four even said this happens to them every single week, with Thursday afternoon the point in the week when Brits are likely to have the least energy.


In comparison, we are most likely to feel full of beans on a Saturday, followed by Mondays and Fridays.


But rather than seeing out the rest of the week, almost four in ten have taken a Friday off to start the weekend early, while another 30 per cent admitted to pulling a sickie because they couldn’t face another day in the office.


Six in ten have even booked annual leave, and spent the time resting up at home rather than actually going anywhere because they were feeling so tired.


It also emerged the average adult will complain about being tired or low in energy twice a day, with 82 per cent saying their productivity levels drop as a result.


Another nine in ten said their general mood can be affected due to tiredness when they hit at the end of the week.


A spokesman for Spatone, who commissioned the survey said, ‘’The survey shows that over two thirds of Brits have not considered that low energy levels could be down to low iron.


‘’For those who can’t get their iron requirements from dietary sources alone could consider taking a natural food iron supplement like Spatone.


‘’Spatone contains Spatone iron rich water sourced from the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia National Park – which can help top up iron levels whilst causing fewer of the unpleasant side effects often experienced with conventional iron food supplements.


”Generally, iron is a very difficult mineral for the body to absorb. However, the iron naturally present in SPATONE has been shown to be easily absorbed, with an average of 40% bioavailability. Food and iron food supplements typically have a 5-20% bioavailability.’’


Top 10 reasons for running out of steam


1. Sleepless nights

2. Dull, wet or cold weather

3. Dark mornings/evenings

4. Hectic work schedules

5. Early mornings

6. Large workloads

7. Late nights

8. Not enough exercise

9. Eating unhealthily

10. Finishing late/working overtime

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