We're all dragging by mid-afternoon — it's okay to admit it. You've got to power through the rest of your day, though. Maybe you reach for something to give you a little jolt: your favorite candy bar, or a fizzy drink, or if you're being virtuous, fruit or juice.
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There's no need to moralize about the health implications of any of those snacks. However, it is worth knowing if they're doing what you want them to do, which is boost your energy. According to new research from England's University of Warwick, you'd better brace yourself for disappointment. Not only does sugar generally make you feel worse, the sugar rush you're relying on isn't even real.
Scientists at three major universities looked at data from 31 published studies, which had about 1,300 adult participants among them. In addition to examining how sugar affects "anger, alertness, depression, and fatigue," the teams also looked into how "the quantity and type of sugar consumed might affect mood, and whether engaging in demanding mental and physical activities made any difference."
The difference was none, or at least, nothing positive. Per a press release, "people who consumed sugar felt more tired and less alert than those who had not."
The sugar rush may not be real, but workplace fatigue absolutely is. Some possible solutions are simple, though you've definitely heard them before. Moving your body can help, so take a quick walk, outside if you can. Dehydration can feel a lot like hunger, so drinking water throughout the day can also help. This doesn't mean you should forgo your favorite snacks — just know what you're buying and what you'll get.