Many Americans feel their mental sharpness declining in lockdown, do you?

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A new study from Tru Niagen and OnePoll found many Americans feel their mental sharpness declining in lockdown and are losing focus as a result. Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash

The majority of Americans said they have no energy and have felt their mental sharpness decline during the pandemic, according to new research.

The study asked 2,000 Americans about their time in quarantine and how they’re holding up.

Sixty-two percent of respondents reported their days all feel the same, so they have a difficult time focusing throughout the day.

Just over half of those polled were also in agreement that the days are moving by so fast, they always feel tired.

The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Tru Niagen, found six in 10 respondents are complaining about feeling more lethargic throughout the day during quarantine.

Nearly half of respondents are also worried they may not be able to focus like they used to before quarantine started.

As respondents continue to shelter in place, they’re turning to new hobbies to stay active and maintain their mental and physical health.

Forty-six percent of respondents said their key to keeping their minds active during quarantine is simply picking up a book.

Another four in 10 respondents are opting to exercise more to give themselves a boost.
Respondents are also utilizing some classic hobbies as well — results found 37% are finishing puzzles and 31% are doing crosswords.

Some respondents are also trying out new vitamins and supplements as an attempt to stay mentally active during the quarantine, at 31%.

“Not all supplements are created equal,” said Dr. Andrew Shao, Ph.D. “Before starting any supplement routine, it’s important to evaluate what your current health needs are and which supplements you should take to optimize your health. Supplements are, after all, supplemental.”

Fifty-six percent of respondents, however, said they’re overwhelmed by the amount of health and wellness products that are available to them.

Even though respondents may feel overwhelmed at times, 65% said they try to research vitamins and supplements themselves before speaking to their doctors about adding them to their wellness routines.

And with their doctor’s guidance, 83% believe they’ve created an efficient vitamin and supplement regimen as a part of their overall wellness routine.

“There has never been a more important time to prioritize our health and well-being,” said Dr. Alyssa Dweck, MS, MD, FACOG and spokesperson for ChromaDex. “Small steps toward a healthier lifestyle must include making thoughtful dietary and supplement choices, incorporating regular exercise and managing stress.”

Reading — 46%
Exercise more regularly — 40%
Puzzles — 37%
Watching documentaries — 36%
Board games — 33%
Taking a new vitamin or supplement — 31%
Crosswords — 31%
Learning a new skill / hobby — 28%
Sudoku — 17%
Learning a new language — 17%

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