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But the pressures we put on ourselves comes in a close second.

Money, self-pressure and lack of sleep are the top three major causes of stress across the world, it has been revealed.

According to a 22-country survey from GfK, money is the main source of stress for 29 per cent of people. Putting pressure on oneself is the second-biggest cause of stress, with 27 per cent of respondents citing this as their main worry. Finally, sleep deprivation is a source of stress for 23 per cent.

The online study was conducted this summer among over 27,000 consumers, in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA.

The results revealed that Japan and Germany suffer the least from major stress causes, while Latin American countries stand out for 'threat of crime' appearing in their top five major causes of stress. France is the only country where 'children' as a source of stress appears in the top five.

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