If you're one of those people who tend to wake up grouchy in the mornings,
just know that you're not alone. A recent survey by YouGov and PomeGreat
discovered that more than a third of adults in the UK dread getting out
The survey which questioned 2,032 people found that most blamed their early morning mood swings on work stress. One in four wished they didn't have to go to work, with women dreading the day ahead the most (over 29% said they feel miserable at the start of the working week, compared to 26% of men). Dr. Dorian Dugmore, a cardiovascular expert from the study,explains a little more on these findings (via Daily Mail):
"Work has become so stressful, more and more of us are producing the cortisol hormone in reaction to stress. This causes us to become irritable, anxious, aggressive and as a result, more unhappy in general,"
"There are plenty of things that we can do to lift our spirits in the morning. A good shower and a balanced breakfast, including a glass of juice, have been clinically proven to improve our mood.
"Furthermore, simple activities like singing in the shower can release endorphins which reduce stress and lower our heart rate, assuming the song is a happy one."
This definitely isn't good news for workaholics, since feeling stressed out can also play havoc with our sleep patterns, leading to disruptive sleep and insomnia. And lack of sleep has been linked to numerous health problems, ranging from low energy and concentration levels, to depression, immune deficiency, weight gain and even heart disease.