Monday February 2 has been christened National Sickie Day, with 69 per cent of people saying they would be tempted to take the first Monday of February off work.

These were the top five reasons for pulling a sickie from a survey of 1,600 adults:

1 It's cold and dark outside (really)

2 I genuinely feel ill

3 I've got a hangover

4 I need a lie-in

5 I'm feeling overworked or stressed

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