Years ago, when I finished grad school, I accepted a job that required many long days at work. I thought this was the norm. I thought the only consequences were loss of sleep and lack of a social life. After years of working 80-hour weeks, I learned about another consequence. At first, the consequence was evident to my friends but not to me. Twelve years ago, one of my friends suggested my adversity was a direct result of the ridiculous time I spent at work. At the time, I did not completely buy into his theory. However, the more I read about the importance of sleep, the more I realized he was right.
Recently, a team of researchers concluded what my friend told me more than a decade ago — long hours at work are linked to adversity. Although the following study specifically links long hours at work to stroke, it would not surprise me to hear that long hours at work are also linked to numerous other adversities.
Reuters tells us that according to the study, “People who work at least 55 hours a week are significantly more likely to eventually suffer a stroke than people who work 35 to 40 hours a week.” The same study linked long work days to heart disease and heart attack. The same team previously linked long days at work to Type 2 diabetes for those in lower socioeconomic groups.
To read the complete article by Reuters, click here.
Thanks to lead author Mika Kivimaki of University College London for reporting the findings; Reuters for writing the article used in this post; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text in this post.