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What Are The Sunday Scaries?

The Comprehensive Definition

The Sunday Scaries are the feelings of worry, nervousness and anxiety that set in on Sunday evenings because of the impending doom of Monday when you need to return to work, school or reality. It’s been estimated that over 80% of American suffer from Sunday Scaries on a regular basis. The Sunday Scaries are REAL, for sure.

Sunday Scaries Used in a Sentence:

“I had such a great weekend boating, hanging out with my friends and playing games, but now I’ve got the Sunday Scaries because I’m anxious about my big projects at work tomorrow.”

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An Overview of Sunday Scaries

What are the Sunday Scaries, anyway?

The Sunday Scaries are real. You’ve heard of them. You’ve experienced them. They’re one of the most common ailments in modern society.

In this article we’ll answer popular questions about Sunday Scaries, and why multiple studies suggest over 80% of American suffer from the Sunday Scaries on a regular basis.

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For some deliciously entertaining answers to these popular topics surrounding Sunday Scaries.

When Do The Sunday Scaries Happen?

The Sunday Scaries start between 3pm and 5pm every Sunday when your fun weekend vibes start to transform into anxiousness for your impending Monday work responsibilities. More specifically, 3:28pm is the pinpointed inflection point.

A diagram showing when Sunday Scaries happen. The bottom left image shows a clock with the hands on 3:28pm and the right image shows a chart of Sunday anxiety starting to increase at 3:28pm on Sunday.

The Other Names of Sunday Scaries

Sunday Scaries are known by numerous other names like the Sunday Blues, Sunday Syndrome and Sunday Dread. The term Sunday Scaries has even transformed into Monday Scaries in some circumstances when it takes longer than a Sunday night to fully recover from your weekend. If you’re over 30, you’ll understand what this means.

An Overview of Sunday Scaries

• That Sunday Night Feeling
• The Fear Cage
• The Dawn of Mr. Scary
• The Shakes
• Sunday Terrors
• Morkkis

What Studies Say About Sunday Scaries

There have been numerous studies about Sunday Scaries from well-respected sources like LinkedIn, SleepJudge, Charisma & Monster.com.

One LinkedIn study found that 80% of professionals get the Sunday Scaries before Mondays, which is linked to workload, balancing to-dos and agonizing over projects you didn’t complete the previous week.

One SleepJudge study found that 81% of their participants experienced Sunday Scaries in anticipation of the Monday doom. The top symptoms were anxiety, poor sleep, depressive mood, increased irritability and insomnia. What’s more, almost half (47%) didn’t even have a drink of alcohol on Sunday, and still felt anticipatory anxiety for Monday.

Medium shared this Sunday Scaries article based on a Charisma study, which found that 88% of the 2000 participants felt anxious Sunday night before Monday morning. This also caused 68% of the study participants to admit the Sunday Scaries caused them to stay up later than they should Sunday evening, and 71% said their sleep schedule was derailed by the end of the weekend.

One Monster.com study found that 76% of Americans reported having “really bad” Sunday Scaries. Even though the whole weekend should be spent enjoying personal time, the Monster study found that most Americans agonized during the final 24 hours when there was only one more night of sleep between weekend freedom & Monday morning.

So how did this all come to be? When did the Sunday Scaries come into existence? Well, the answers might surprise you. What used to be called “Saint Monday” transformed into Sunday Scaries back in the early 1900s.

The origin of sunday Scaries

Sunday Scaries originated from the evolution of our modern day “weekend.” The weekend didn’t always start on Friday evening, and Sunday was historically the start of our workweek, not Day 3 of our weekend.

It was only 200 years ago that “the weekend” was only Saturday. So what happened? Did you know there were 5 big things that actually shape our current version of a weekend?

What happened here?

The creation of the weekend

5 Big Things That Shaped the Modern Day Weekend

Ever wonder why we only get 2 days off? And not 1, 3, 4 or 5? Well there are 5 Big Factors that helped shape our modern day weekend.

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The creation of the weekend

5 Big Things That Shaped the Modern Day Weekend

Ever wonder why we only get 2 days off? And not 1, 3, 4 or 5? Well there are 5 Big Factors that helped shape our modern day weekend.

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Americans were “putting-out” less

A little over 200 years ago, in the early 1800’s, Sunday was traditionally the only day of rest. The working class was on the clock 6 days a week. Saturday was payday, and Sunday was dedicated to leisure.

At that time, the United States was going through its first Industrial Revolution, and the working class began transitioning from the “putting-out” system to the factory system.

The “putting-out” system was basically a subcontracting system. Subcontractors would complete work off-site, either at their home or worship, for a central entity.

The Industrial Revolution introduced the factory system. The factory system was a new, centralized manufacturing system that incorporated heavy & expensive machinery to utilize economies of scale and mass production. Hence, American’s stopped “Putting-Out.”

While the working class started transitioning from farmlands & workshops to cities & factories, the “work week” started to evolve. The industrial revolution was one of the largest factors in changing work-life from autonomous & flexible to managed & structured.

The creation of the weekend

5 Big Things That Shaped the Modern Day Weekend

Ever wonder why we only get 2 days off? And not 1, 3, 4 or 5? Well there are 5 Big Factors that helped shape our modern day weekend.

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Alcohol consumption

Yes, even during the Industrial Revolution, people were already enjoying Sunday Fundays. In the 1850s and 1860s, Sundays were also filled with activities, many of which included drinking alcohol.

The new working class was divided into trade guilds who usually had their own singing and drinking establishments. They even bar-hopped together among their favorite taverns.

Then Monday morning would hit, and the hangovers would set in. Workers started traditions of skipping Monday work, which they called saving “Saint Monday.”

At that time, Sunday and Monday actually became the working class “weekend” and Saturday remained a full day of work.

The creation of the weekend

5 Big Things That Shaped the Modern Day Weekend

Ever wonder why we only get 2 days off? And not 1, 3, 4 or 5? Well there are 5 Big Factors that helped shape our modern day weekend.

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