The stress and tension of modern living takes its toll.
Slow Wi-Fi, PPI calls and a laptop or computer freezing have been named as part of a consumer survey as the top three biggest "headaches" of modern life, it emerged.
Researchers polled 2,000 UK adults in 2014 on aspects of 21st century living that regularly leave them feeling stressed and found that an endless barrage of junk mail, being kept on hold for appointments and public transport delays make up the top ten biggest causes of headaches in our modern lives.
The study, conducted by Nurofen, highlights that stress can sometimes take a physical toll too - with just under a third of those surveyed becoming ill as a result of a bout of unease or sustained period of tension.
In fact, the problem is bigger than it first appears, with one in five, of those surveyed experiencing stress-related tension every single day. Regular headaches, constant fatigue and an inability to sleep were reported as some of the most common side effects of stress. One in five have even come close to quitting their job.
Despite technology being designed to make our lives easier, 55 per cent of those surveyed feel that life is more stressful now than it was ten years ago. It seems the things that are supposed to be solutions, or speed our life up, can prove an inconvenience and a great source of frustration. It's interesting to note that the biggest factors in the rise of our stress levels include increased living costs, heightened pressure at work and pressures from society.
Often these annoyances are out of our hands but the signs of stress and tension they can cause in us can build and sometimes have an impact on our health. It's important to try and manage our stress levels and be aware of the sources of our stress/tension level.
More unusual irritations which made the top 20 biggest annoyances included pot holes, misbehaving kids and people taking up two parking spaces.
Some other interesting irritations made the top 50, such as failing to find the start of sellotape and drivers hogging the middle lane. Commuters cited people who start boarding the train before everyone has disembarked as a real ‘headache’, with Facebookers claiming mothers constantly uploading pictures of their children as a significant source of irritation.
However, the real source of tension-type headaches is not what you may think it is, it can be the muscles in the head and neck when they get strained.
For the full list of the top 50 biggest headaches of today (2014), see below.
THE 50 BIGGEST "HEADACHES" OF MODERN LIFE:
- Your laptop/computer freezing
- PPI calls
- Slow Wi-Fi
- Being stuck in traffic
- People who take up two parking spaces
- Public transport delays
- Junk mail
- Waiting on the phone for the doctors
- When people chuck their rubbish out of the car window
- People who don't use their indicators
- Pot holes
- Stepping in dog muck
- When you hold the door open for someone and they don't say thank you
- The rising cost of living
- When people let their children misbehave in restaurants
- Rude sales assistants
- Screaming kids
- Buying property
- When people hold a conversation in a door way
- People cancelling on you
- Noisy neighbours
- Reality TV shows
- Road works
- Middle lane hoggers
- Your delivery gets lost in the post
- Computer jargon
- Forgetting your password
- Council tax
- People talking overly loud on public transport
- People who cycle on pavements
- Finding the start of the sellotape
- hen people start boarding the train before everyone has gotten off
- Slow walkers
- People talking in the cinema
- Train fares
- Ordering something online and it is damaged
- Queuing for the self-service checkout
- People chewing gum with their mouth open
- Being charged for extra luggage at the airport
- Mums on Facebook who constantly upload pictures of their kid
- Getting stuck behind a tractor
- Cyclists on the road
- Paying your bills
- Speed cameras
- Motorcyclists weaving in and out of the traffic
- Not having enough change for the car park
- Twitter trolls
- Your partner snoring
- Loud music
- People asking questions when your programme is on
 One Poll survey of 2,000 U K adults. September 2014.