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.