Are you at Risk for a Heart Attack? Long Work Hours May Do It.
How many hours are you working in your average week? 40? 50? 60?
Too many of us either are married to our job and working extra long hours, or taking overtime, or, have a second job. The extra hours, overtime, second job, may be for economic reasons just to make ends-meet, but, those long hours just may kill you.
Our news partner, WZZM TV13 and reporter Valeria Lego, recently followed up on a health report that, while long hours, a second job, etc., in the short term can definitely give you a little financial freedom and ease your worries, it might not be worth the health risks.
Here's what doctors and health officials are saying about taking a second job, overtime, or working long hours.
It can increase your risk of depression. Research shows working 11 hours or more a day increases your risk. In part because you're not getting enough me time.
Increased risk of dementia. A 2009 study found working long hours has a negative effect on the brain because you’re not giving it enough time to recover from your work day.
Increased risk of heart attack. Researchers found working 10 or more hours a day can increase your risk of cardiovascular issues by 60 percent.
Eye strain. Whether it's long hours in front of the computer or spending a log time driving. Eye strain can cause dry eyes, headaches and blurred vision.
So, what do you think? Does anything above fit you? How about doing a little re-evaluation of your work life and making some changes. It could pay big dividends.