Burning the candle at both ends? Then you may be doing more harm than you think. New research shows spending too long in the office increases your chance of heart disease by 80%.
The study carried out by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health compared 12 studies dating back to 1958, which totalled research from 22,000 people from around the world.
They found that those whose working days were longer than the average 8 hours had a 40-80% increased chance of heart disease.
The reason for the risk can be attributed to a number of factors including prolonged exposure to stress, bad eating habits and a lack of exercise because people don’t have enough free time.
Working in Britain doesn’t help, as the UK clocks up some of the longest hours in Europe. Full time employees in the UK average 42.7 hours a week, compared to 39.1 in Denmark.
5 million Brits a year also admitted to working unpaid overtime in order to hang on to their jobs.
The same research team clearly want us all to go home as they also found back in 2009 that long working hours increased the risk of dementia later in life.
That’s it. We’re out of here…