Working Overtime Could Be Bad For Your Health

Thanks to inflation we all could use some extra money and naturally working overtime can put some extra cash in your pockets. A recent study shows that working more than 40 hours could actually be bad for your health. Below are five things that can happen if you work extra hours.

1.  The chances of  you having a stroke or heart attack goes up. In a 2021 study by the World Health Organization, when you work more than 55 hours per week you could have a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, compared to those who work 35 to 40 hours a week.

2. You are more likely to get injured on the job. A study discovered working at least 12 hours per day was associated with a 37% increased hazard rate.

3. Your mental health declines. A 2020 study found that increased hours was linked to higher levels of stress, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.

4. Your sleep AND work suffers. Multiple studies have shown that when you get less than six hours of sleep a night, you are more distracted, anxious, and irritable, and become more impulsive.

5. Your productivity drops. A five-year survey of 5,000 employees and managers across several different industries found that working between 30 and 50 hours can improve someone’s performance.