Seriously stressed out in summer? This is the No. 1 reason why

, Posted: Mon, July 21 2014 at 9:23 AM, Updated: Mon, July 21 2014 at 10:18 AM

Seriously stressed out in summer? This is the No. 1 reason why

(TODAY) Just the word "summer" has us thinking about sandy beaches, frozen umbrella drinks and kicking back with buddies — or does it? In a recent survey conducted by SleepRate, a third of Americans reported that they find themselves more stressed during the summer months than any other season of the year.

While surprising at first, it makes some sense when you take a look at the factors cited in the study: We have busier social lives at this time of year, with as many as three events per week. There's stress in planning trips. Kids are out of school, which puts all kinds of new scheduling pressure on parents. And through all of that, many of us are dealing with ongoing seasonal allergy symptoms, which make everything harder.

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