Six out of ten Brits regularly wake up in a bad mood, it has emerged.
A study has found that typically, at least two mornings a week are blighted by black moods, which means over the course of our lifetime we wake up in a strop a staggering 6,292 times. The biggest cause for our grumpiness is a bad night’s sleep, followed by a heavy work load to face when we get to the office.
One in ten admitted they are ‘shattered’ when they wake up, while another one in ten said work issues made them stroppy in the mornings. One in four of those polled by Triton Showers said they automatically wake up in a grumpy mood, often for no reason.
Spokeswoman Tina Simpson said: ”Waking up in a foul mood is something we can all relate to, but over 6,000 mornings of our lives ruined by a shocking mood does sound rather high.
”Many families will be able to relate to all the grumbles that are in this list such as queuing to get in the bathroom, having no milk for a hot drink and waking up to bad weather.
”However it’s interesting to see that, rather than breakfast, a refreshing shower, hot drink and spell of good weather are the top three things we need to lift our mood and sets us up for the day ahead.”
Other grumbles which are likely to worsen our mood before we leave the house are quarrelling with family members or someone taking too long in the shower. Seeing bad weather when opening the curtains, stubbing toes and having no milk for a morning cuppa are other contributory factors.
But it’s not all doom and gloom with nearly half saying their first tea or coffee of the day makes them feel automatically better. A hot shower also lifts a third of us from our dark mood, but 21 per cent say a colder, refreshing shower is more likely to do the trick.
Of those polled 44 per cent said they had a strict morning routine they stick to and if they had to forgo their morning shower or coffee 49 per cent said it would ruin their day. Other morning mishaps that are likely to put Brits in a bad mood were the car not starting and missing the bus or train.
Of the 2,000 adults polled 14 per cent said bathroom politics was a problem in their household and 16 per cent said there was always a race to the bathroom. Nearly half of those surveyed said they took their bad mood out on their partner, although one in four said their kids bore the brunt of it.
A brave one in ten said they always took out their bad mood on their boss. One in twenty said they were even rude to the train conductor if they were in a grumpy mood. However, the black mood doesn’t last long with most people saying their frostiness had thawed by 8.15am; 26 per cent of people said their mood improved once they got to work.
Three in ten also said a bright sunny morning automatically lifted their spirits.
Tina Simpson, marketing director at Triton Showers, adds: ”Mornings can be a stressful time for most families and very few of us get away without any hiccups.
”For those with added pressures of getting children washed, dressed and ready for school then it can make for stressful mornings.”