A study reveals that working overtime might be related to future health risks!
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In Singapore, most office employees work for about 9 hours daily. Multiply that by 5 and we get a total of 45 hours of work-time per week. But, sticking to that number is undoubtedly difficult when there are so many things pending at our desks! The following study warns us that simply staying back at work regularly could have some serious consequences on our health in the future.
Ohio State University ran a study using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth which includes interviews with more than 12,000 participants. The researchers aimed to find out if an increase of working hours escalates the possibility of contracting diseases in the future.
They averaged each individual’s weekly working hours over a span of 32 years and compared the results to self-reported chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, depression and high blood pressure.
A strong link was found in individuals spending more than 60 hours a week at work and an increased risk of the chronic diseases, in a long-term of 30 years.
This is because workers who work overtime often face more stress and get less sleep. Their decreased work performance might lead to more injuries on the job!
We can all help ourselves and protect our health in the long-term by maintaining a work-life balance. Finding ways to manage your stress is also a great way to keep both your mind and body healthy. Do take off days when you are ill and nurse your illnesses immediately before hitting your work desk with that post-sickness enthusiasm!
(Also read: 10 Strategies To Cope With Overwhelming Stress At Work)