Tough Morning? You're Not Alone—the Most Stressful Time of Day Is 7:23 A.M., New Survey Shows

Despite our best efforts, the morning rush is full of stressors, from waking up late to commuter traffic.

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While it may seem like morning people don't have to worry about running late or hitting traffic during their daily commute, a newly published survey shows that this isn't exactly true. According to the poll, which was conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Rescue Remedy, even early birds go through their fair share of daily morning stressors. This time of day can be so tough, that there's even a specific time they report encountering the most trouble: 7:23 a.m. on the dot, reports Study Finds.

The study surveyed 2,000 adults in order to find their most common everyday stressors. Although most people report the most stressful time of day being the 7:23 a.m. benchmark, most morning stressors don't occur until closer to 8:00 a.m. According to the survey, most female participants encountered their first paint point of the day around 7:50 a.m., while men typically experienced it at 8:43 a.m.

The biggest inconvenience for morning people? Getting stuck in traffic, followed by spilling something on their clothes, dropping something, and waking up late. While 35 percent of respondents feel these encounters are just a part of life, 24 percent find it difficult to calm down after experiencing one or more of these events. In fact, 50 percent of women and 32 percent of men report being kept awake at night thinking about everyday annoyances.

Often morning stressors are caused by tiredness, reports 46 percent of respondents. But they can also be attributed to an interrupted night's sleep (36 percent) and a busy day at work (33 percent). To make themselves feel better after experiencing one or more of these daily pain points, respondents say going for a walk helps, as does listening to music, and spending time alone.

We have a few tips to improve those morning stressors, too: Consider developing a morning routine that primes you for a productive day or suits your personality type—or follow Martha's lead by rising extra early, making your bed, moving your body, and eating a light breakfast.

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