Dehydration and bad habits can lead to poor work performance

Dehydration is one of the key factors for an unproductive working day

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Dehydration and bad habits have left the British public feeling they only perform at their ‘very best’ for one third of the day, a study has claimed.

According to a poll of 2,000 people, researchers found the average person struggled to function at a peak performance throughout the whole of the working day.

Researchers found the typical person will feel less than 100 per cent for at least eight of the 24 hours in a day.

The OnePoll survey showed the top reason’s for the lack of productivity was down to a poor night’s sleep, followed by a lack of fresh air, hunger and dehydration.

Highland Spring's Mike Buckland, which commissioned the study, said: “Even mild dehydration can reduce our ability to concentrate, excessive amounts of caffeine can be dehydrating, and poor hydration can affect how our brains function.

Harley Street nutritionist, Rhiannon Lambert added: “We all know the demands of our daily routine can take their toll.

"The research is further proof that it’s more important than ever to have a number of positive lifestyle habits that can help us stay our best.

“These habits don’t need to be expensive or time consuming.

''They can be as simple as moving away from your desk at lunchtime by taking a walk for some fresh air and practicing mindful eating.”

Words by Wesley Hudson

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