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Feeling blue? An afternoon nap may be all you need

A new study of 2,000 adults by Pro Plus suggests sleep is the key factor to making it through the day slump free

A combination of poor weather and debt woes have led to the third Monday in January being coined as the most depressing day of the year.

Adding to this, Brits can look forward to hitting the dreaded afternoon slump at precisely 2.17pm as post-lunch fatigue sets in.

Depleted energy levels, lack of sleep and stress are amongst the top reasons for the afternoon slump.

Elite Sport Sleep Coach, Nick Littlehales, who is a spokesperson for Pro Plus, says: “Sleep is an important health pillar, which enables us to eat well, exercise well and recover well.

“Daytime slumps are a completely natural form of recovery; afternoon fatigue develops because we try to recuperate in one block at night, despite the fact that we’re designed to recover in shorter periods more often.

“It’s important to take moments to rest and recover.

This doesn’t just apply to sleep – disappearing for 20 minutes over lunchtime to have a stroll, sit on a bench or eat your lunch can enhance your energy levels in the afternoon.”

The research found that almost three quarters of Brits admitted to being irritable, grumpy, sad and angry as a result of tiredness.

A further 36 per cent claimed productivity at work suffered, with a quarter regularly making mistakes due to tiredness.

Long working hours and a heavy workload are to blame for causing tiredness to almost half of British employees.

44 per cent of those surveyed said that they had no time to relax or unwind.

Unfortunately, feeling tired is far from rare, with Brits admitting to feeling drained between four and ten hours every week.

40 per cent of those surveyed attribute fatigue to poor quality sleep.

An additional 38 per cent say it’s a lack of sleep, whilst 34 per cent say that they feel tired because they woke up too early and a third admit they stayed up too late the night before.

Nick adds: “The key nap duration is 20-30 minutes. This can be easily factored into a lunch break but remember to set an alarm.

“Caffeine takes 15 to 20 minutes to kick in so can be affective in giving you an energy boost out of a midday nap.

“Drink a cup of coffee or take a single dose of caffeine tablets before you nap so that the caffeine kicks in when you wake up leaving you feeling energised for the afternoon ahead.”

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Lynda Hamilton Parker is a Scottish PR expert and independent publisher

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