Working from home? You're most likely to feel a dip in energy at 1.29pm, study reveals

Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 10:49 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 10:50 am

Workers are most likely to feel a dip in energy levels when the clock hits 1.29pm, research has found.

A study of 2,000 adults currently working from home found more than a third are doing longer hours now than before the lockdown.

As a result, more than half suffer from low energy levels by lunchtime.

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Can rave save the day?

In a bid to tackle this daily dip, health lifestyle brand Swisse Me has worked with Manchester-based music producer Paul Whitehead to create a hi-energy record that blends house music, techno, and drum 'n' bass.

The track, entitled 'Bosh', is backed by Professor Sam Sutton from the London College of Music, part of the University of West London, who believes this 60-second rave track can help eradicate the lunchtime lull.

Professor Sutton said: "The blistering stomper is 140 beats per minute, packed full of early 90s piano house motifs, an injection of hard house, and follows a skippy breakbeat pattern.

“Rave is primal and activates deep-seated brain regions that are used to process feelings of happiness and euphoria.

"Dance music has the power to move us - both physically and emotionally.

“Music affects us so deeply, it activates more regions of the brain than any other stimulus and provides profound benefits to both our mind, body, and soul.

“Sound is delivered much faster to pre-cortical areas which stir our emotions.

"Experimental research studies show dance music is able to raise body temperature, cause goosebumps, and even trigger physical movements.”

“A 2013 study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that people who listened to upbeat music could improve their moods and boost their happiness.”

Professor Sutton noted that the ‘perfect formula’ for a rave track would be: “140bpm banging beat / (divided) catchy hook x (multiplied) pump it up = dance music heaven.”

Brits lockdown eating habits

The poll also investigated the nation's lockdown eating habits and discovered that 37 per cent skip breakfast and 44 per cent believe they have been eating less nutritious food when housebound.

Despite the recent bout of warm weather and the recommendation to up our daily exercise dose, women are far more likely (58 per cent) to feel less energised during the day than men (44 per cent).

When suffering from an afternoon slump, three in 10 grab a healthy snack, 22 per cent reach for a fizzy or energy drink, and 29 per cent admit to taking a cheeky afternoon nap.

But 18-24-year-olds appear to be suffering the most, with two thirds complaining of low energy levels during the working day, compared to 39 per cent of over 55’s.

The study, commissioned by Swisse Me to coincide with the launch of their new Vegan Protein Balls, also revealed almost a third of those polled have actually forgotten to eat a meal because they were busy with work.

Nykkea Maretic from Swisse Me said: “It's so important to look after ourselves whilst working from home.

“When we discovered that 1.29pm was the time we most feel tired, we wanted to create a moment that will get as many people as possible away from their laptops and raving in their living rooms."

"Many people have found their working day has got longer, with 18 per cent of Brits working an extra 10+ hours a week on top of their normal hours.

“But 37 per cent of us still forget to grab that all-important meal to kick start their day.

“If you combine this with changing workloads, conference calls, and the endless video meetings, it’s no wonder some people are starting to burn out and suffer from ‘Lockdown Slump’."

‘‘We have noticed that many Brits are feeling sluggish working from home and can be tempted into forming unhealthy habits.

“We understand the strains and busy nature of everyday life, that’s why we’ve made our mission to make it easier to work healthy snacks into your daily routine.

“Our Vegan Protein Balls provide the burst of energy needed to combat that afternoon slump or they can be enjoyed as a tasty snack to curb those mid-afternoon sugar cravings.”