Truro has been identified as the UK’s ‘most tired city’.

Reviewing Google search data, the study from pharmaceutical manufacturer Pharma Nord shows how many people have searched for fatigue-related terms since December 2019.

The NHS has identified unexplained tiredness as one of the most common reasons why people will see their GP. While some fatigue can be expected, particularly for those with stressful jobs, children or changing sleeping schedules, continual or unexplained tiredness is said to be concerning.

The past year has been a test of our wellbeing. The coronavirus is known to cause tiredness both during and after infection, but other changes during the civil emergency may have affected our mental wellbeing.

Reviewing Google search data, the study shows how many people have searched for fatigue-related terms since December 2019. This reveals how fatigue concerns have changed throughout the year and during various lockdowns, and which UK city is most likely to ask Google for solutions to their tiredness-related problems. Here, we look at the results.

The search data was divided by searches in different UK cities. This revealed which cities searched for fatigue-related terms the most. Dividing the results by population reveals which city has the highest percentage of people search for tiredness questions and cures.

Interestingly, Cornwall’s only city, Truro, has been deemed the UK’s most tired town. According to the data, People in Truro were 276% more likely to search for a fatigue-related term than the rest of the UK. These terms included “combat fatigue”, “insomnia”, and “lack of energy”.

However, it is difficult to say if this is a reflection on the coronavirus as the south west region currently has the fewest cases by population. What is causing tiredness in the county town of Truro is yet to be assessed. Truro was followed by Ely and Newry as the most tired cities in the UK.

On the flip side, Newport in Wales was reported as the least tired city in the UK. Newportonians were 53% less likely to search for a tiredness-related term than the rest of the UK.

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