Australians Are Experiencing A 'Human Energy Crisis', According To A New Study
And it's not just about how many hours of sleep you're getting.
Australians are in a national energy crisis.
Between not getting enough sleep, eating a diet lacking in fruit and veggies, experiencing negative thoughts and not being fulfilled in our relationships, Aussies are experiencing a "human energy crisis" that leaves us unable to go about our day.
According to a survey of over 1,200 people conducted by both the University of Sydney and human performance firm Energx, women feel they have the energy for important activities on just four in every 10 days.
Men fare slightly better, feeling they have energy on five of every 10 days.
"This report shows that Australia is experiencing a human energy crisis," said Dr Stefan Volk, senior lecturer at the university's Business School.
"One of the symptoms of this is an epidemic of sleep deprivation. Sleep allows our brain to regenerate and our body to revitalise. Unfortunately, in the corporate world there is still a widespread perception that sleep is a waste of time and that people who sleep less are more productive."
People reported getting a solid seven hours of sleep a night only six in every 10 days, and waking up refreshed on just four in every 10 days.
This is hardly the first time it's been revealed that Australians aren't getting enough sleep. While most adults require anywhere from seven to nine hours of sleep, the average adult gets only six or seven hours per night (according to Better Health, an initiative of the Victorian Government).
And it has some dire consequences: a lack of sleep is thought to be a contributing factor in about 23 percent of all motor vehicle accidents, can lead to major illnesses like heart disease or depression, and costs the Australian economy $66.3 billion a year, according to Deloitte Access Economics.
However, this report takes a more rounded (and largely holistic) look at what is else is sapping our energy and leaving us in an "energy depletion".
Eating habits seem to play a big role, with the majority of participants eating the recommended serving of fruits and veggies on only five in every 10 days, and skipping meals on three days.
"Food provides glucose and the healthier the food, the longer we have a sufficient blood glucose level after a meal," said Dr. Volk. "Glucose is often referred to as brain fuel and our mental performance suffers when we don't have enough of it in our blood."
Energx founder Sean Hall also puts a heavy focus on things like passions, strengths, relationships and goal setting all impact our energy levels. The participants in the study, all of whom were clients of his in 2017, were asked to give ratings out of ten on things like how connected they felt to other people, how open they were to new ideas, and how they were feeling valued at work, as well as give ratings out of ten for where they would like to be.
The study found that, on average, people were aiming for a score of 400 out of maximum of 500.
"What's that shown to us is that it's not about perfection," Hall told ten daily.
"People are generally being quite pragmatic. You do still see perfectionists here and there, but generally, I interpret that as being people saying, '80 percent of the time, or eight out of 10 days', if I have enough energy for what matters to me, that's good. People understand that it's not really possible to have perfect energy every day."