Why 1st January is the Death Day..?
IF you’re nursing a hangover and a bad case of post-booze anxiety, this is probably not the news you want to hear.
Researchers have discovered that January 1 is the day of the year when people are most likely to die of natural causes.
A team at America’s University of California came up with the startling finding, after data showed death spikes around Christmas and New Year.
This was no small study either, with the group looking at death certificates over a 25-year period. In fact, they put together information from 57 million of the official documents.
The findings are interesting as while it’s long been known there are more deaths due to accidents and self harm around the holiday season, it was previously not known that deaths by natural causes peak then too.
That’s classed as people who pass away due to old age or illness.
It was determined that five per cent more people will pass away for these reasons on January 1 than on other days over the year.
So we have the facts, but why is this the case?
Well, unfortunately it’s not immediately clear.
“This pattern turns up in every natural cause of death, but not for external causes like auto accidents,” one of the authors, David Phillips, told the Washington Post.
“It’s hard to understand why that would be.”
Posted By: HANNAH FERRETT
Posted on: thesun.com