The study surveyed more than 143,000 participants and found that for people who are working for 10 hours or more per day, for more than 50 days of the year, have a 29 per cent increased risk of stroke. That means just two hours of overtime per day could put your health at risk. The study also found that people who were working overtime regularly for 10 years or more had higher risks of stroke again.
In fact, recent research indicates that even working beyond just 40 hours per week can be detrimental to mental, emotional and social health, not to mention the increase of cardiovascular issues, fatigue-related problems and a decrease in productivity and good decision-making.
So, what does a healthy work schedule look like?
According to data analysed by the Australian National University, the work limit for a healthy life should not exceed 39 hours per week. The research also suggested that, when taking into consideration the domestic work and care loads usually shouldered by women, the healthy work limit for females is 34 hours per week.
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