Research Reveals The Cause Of The "Afternoon Slump"

Do you regularly find yourself yawning and fighting to focus on work a few hours after your lunch break? Blame an “afternoon slump,” a loss of motivation and energy many of us know all too well.

According to a new survey of 2-thousand U.S. adults, the average afternoon slump kicks in at 3 p.m. and lasts for about 29 minutes.

  • It turns out there’s even a specific day of the week when people are more likely to get hit with one - Tuesday is the most afternoon slump-inducing day overall.
  • About three-quarters (74%) of respondents experience these slumps, but why do they happen?
  • The the top causes include a lack of caffeine (56%), boredom (53%), lack of energy (53%), lack of food (51%), lack of sleep (41%), the season/colder darker winter days (37%), sitting in one place for too long (23%) and not having a break for several hours (20%).
  • Fortunately, two-thirds (67%) of respondents say it’s easy to recover from a slump and the best ways to do that are taking a walk (58%), eating (55%) or exercising (49%).
  • For those who turn to food to snap out of a slump, it takes less than 15 minutes to start to feel better.
  • And their go-to foods that do the trick? Nuts or trail mix top the list (56%), followed by pretzels (52%), chips (52%) and candy (46%).

Source: SWNS Digital

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