While working long hours may look good in your bank account, turns out it may not be a good look for your health. A new study reveals that working 10 or more hours daily, even for a mere 50 days each year, can raise the risk of stroke of stroke by 29 percent. Plus, a work schedule like this over 10 years can enhance those chances by up to 45 percent.
The study teamed looked through analyzed data on working hours for over 143,500 individuals in France, from 2012. Of those participants, 29 percent stated they worked over 10 hours daily, for more than 50 days each year; while 10 percent stated they worked that schedule for about a decade. The team noted they excluded those who had had a stroke within five years during their first exposure to work, and individuals who needed a minimum of six months work experience to be a part of the study.
When data was drilled down, CNBC advised that office workers under 50 years of age had an increased chance of stroke, while bigwig positions (managers, CEOs, owners) and decrease stroke risks, interestingly enough. It’s important to note, there was zero difference between males and females.
An even higher risk around strokes included those who worked in bad conditions (e.g. overnight work shifts or high-stress job), and a worker’s sleeping, eating, and physical activity also affected stroke risks. It seems that long work hours took a toll on stress levels, which affect stroke risks, and that can increase chances if a person does not take care of themselves.
Previous studies have revealed that employees who work long hours increase chances around mental health issues, enhance anxiety levels, and struggle with adequate sleep; which all add raising those stroke risks.
We all have to work, and sometimes working overtime is part of the job. The key to it all is ensuring you get a good night’s sleep, eat well, and exercise to keep those stroke risks at bay.