Study Reveals The Most Common Date For People To Die

Whenever the dreaded Friday the 13th falls in the calendar, superstition reminds us that it's meant to be unlucky - but it looks as though there's an even more specific date to be worried about, as a recent study says that between 2005 and 2017, a larger percentage of people have died on 6 January.

In fact, according to analysis of the figures held by the Office for National Statistics, the ten most common days to die on all fall between 30 December and 9 January.

As reported by the Mirror, statistics say 25 percent more people died on 6 January between 2005 and 2017. In other words, on average 1,732 people died on that date in comparison to the daily average of 1,387.

But why have more people died on the sixth day of the year over any other?

Inevitably, the answer isn't that sinister - the analysts have said frequently cold Januarys are the most likely reason.

Cold can be one factor. Credit: PA
Cold can be one factor. Credit: PA

Cold winter weather isn't nice for anyone, but it's particularly hard on those immune systems that run low because of the cold, damp and bloody horrible weather, or those whose immune systems are already lowered due to disease, age or other factors such as pregnancy.

People can then be left incredibly vulnerable due to all the infections going around, which can end up in increase in sudden health decline and, at times, death.

Nick Stripe of the Office for National Statistics told the Mirror: "The number of excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2017 to 2018 was the highest recorded since the winter of 1975 to 1976.

"However, peaks like these are not unusual - we have seen more than eight peaks during the last 40 years."

6 January is the most common date for people to die in the UK. Credit: PA
6 January is the most common date for people to die in the UK. Credit: PA

Tragically, there is also a rise in suicides throughout January, as reported by the Samaritans who say post-Christmas times see a rise in calls from people suffering with depression and stress.

This is said to be brought on by the end of the festive season, coupled with stress caused by people going back to work.

Steve Cottle of the Shepell Research Group, which analyses mental health trends told the Telegraph: "Suicides and suicide attempts tend to peak following holidays, especially Christmas and early January following family and financial pressures over the festive period."

Take care of each other, everyone, especially over the next few weeks.

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Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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