Congestion with a cold could be costing the British economy around 1.3 billion pounds a year.

Embarrassingly, a survey out this month also suggests that of the people who have suffered from congestion with a cold in the last 12 months:

  • 600,000 may have accidentally ‘replied all’ to an email when they only wanted to reply to a specific person/group of people
  • Approximately 300,000 British workers may have accidentally sent a personal email to their boss or a client when it was meant for a friend
  • Another 300,000 may have made a mistake which cost them a client or a customer

And which regions are taking the most time off with a woolly head?

It’s people in the East followed by Londoners and Scots who said they have taken one day off or more due to congestion with a cold.

The Midlands had taken the least time off with only 10% of those who have suffered with congestion with a cold over the past 12 months taking one day off or more.

The new research, commisssioned by the makers of SUDAFED® Mucus Relief Day & Night Capsules, which looks into the impact of congestion with a cold on our functionality and sleep, has found that the average person gets a cold with congestion once a year and that a typical cold could last nearly five and a half days.

Our sleep also suffers. 16 million adult Brits who have suffered from congestion with a cold in the last 12 months have said that they lose out on two hours of sleep or more on a typical night due to mucus build up. This could add up to an estimated 32,000,000 hours of sleep being missed across the UK each year.

And it seems that we aren’t our normal selves when suffering from congestion with a cold and the subsequent loss of sleep.

Just over two thirds of us describe the effect of mucus build up as leaving us feeling woolly headed, while 46% feel that it makes us slower at doing even the most basic daily things and 14% confess to making careless mistakes at work.

And what does this mean for our work life?

Our woolly headed mistakes seem to follow us to work. Embarrassingly, the survey suggests around 600,000 British workers who have suffered with congestion with a cold in the last 12 months may have accidentally ‘replied all’ to an email when they only wanted to reply to a specific person/group of people.

Furthermore, approximately 300,000 British workers who have suffered with congestion with a cold in the last 12 months may have accidentally sent a personal email to their boss or a client when it was meant for a friend and another 300,000 may have made a mistake which cost them a client or a customer, all as a result of congestion with a cold.

And these slip-ups could have financial implications. According to the survey, 1% of British workers who have suffered from congestion with a cold in the past 12 months estimate that their bouts of congestion with a cold costs their current employer over £1,000 due to underperformance (e.g. not getting as much work done, silly mistakes etc.)

Looking at Great Britain as a whole, it is estimated that careless mistakes, due to congestion with a cold, could amount to as much as £43.76 per person lost to our bosses a year , amounting to an estimated amount of around 1.3 billion pounds a year in underperformance across the UK.

And while bosses are coming to terms with the economic costs of woolly headedness, they may also want to be mindful that they could fall into the line of fire when it comes to our mood.

26% of people who have suffered from congestion with a cold in the past 12 months admit to losing their temper more easily and and it could be that almost 900,000 of us

think our boss is one of the top three people who suffer the most due to congestion woes.xi Clients may also want to steer clear, as 3% of us say that not even their clients/ customers escape the firing line.

But as always, it is our partners that really suffer. A whopping 49% of people surveyed confessed to taking it out on their spouses.

GP, Pixie McKenna explains how congestion with a cold can also have an impact on our sleep: “When suffering from congestion with a cold, our sleep can be affected. A lack of sleep, along with a woolly head, can affect our functionality during the day and that’s when we could start to make careless mistakes and become short tempered. To ensure that we function to the best of our ability, it’s important to take steps to treat congestion during the day and at night.”

Nia Vester, spokesperson for SUDAFED® says “It’s astonishing to see that something as common as congestion with a cold can have such an effect on our work and functionality. The fact that we could be losing up to 1.3 billion pounds shows that the nation needs a solution that allows them to keep calm and carry on during the day and one that aids sleep at night. We’ve found that treating the day and night symptoms separately can really help people to get mucus relief, whatever the hour”.

For more information on the SUDAFED® range, visit www.Sudafed.co.uk