Is Working Too Much Bad For Your Health?

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We all have busy lives and, many times, we work more hours of the day than we probably should. If you put long hours in at the office every day, you likely know that it’s not good for your social life. But did you also know that it could potentially be detrimental to your health ¬†as well?

There are several reasons why working too much is bad for your health. Here are a few reasons.

  • You spend a lot of time sitting
    • Sitting too much is bad for your health. Sitting for long periods has been linked to a slowed metabolism, which affects your body’s ability to regulate sugar and blood pressure. It also affects your body’s ability to break down fat.
  • You might not be eating well
    • If you’re working long hours, there’s a greater likelihood that you’re going to skip lunch or dinner. There’s also an increased chance that you’ll choose quick “pick me up foods” like chocolate bars and sugary drinks to get you through the day.
    • Plus, working long hours makes it more likely that you’ll choose to eat lunch and/or dinner at restaurants or fast food establishments. Meals from these places are often much higher in calories, sugar, and sodium than meals you would make yourself.
    • People who work long hours are also more likely to overeat in order to deal with stress.
  • It interferes with your sleep
    • If you’re coming in early every day or working way too late, there’s a good chance that you’re also not sleeping very well. Sleep is important and, if you’re not getting enough of it, your health could be affected.
  • It gives you less time to exercise
    • There are only so many hours in the day. If you’re spending a lot of those hours at the office, this reduces the number of hours that you’ll have to do other things, such as exercise.

In addition to all of these reasons, studies have found that people who work more than 55 hours a week have an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation. It’s also been found that people who work more than 11 hours a day have a higher risk of a major depressive episode.

That’s why it’s important to give yourself breaks, pack your own lunch and snacks when you go to work, and find ways to exercise throughout the day, even when you’re busy.

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