A new study is showing us, if you want to live longer, it may be wise to shorten your workday. Lean into the process, bosses. Time at work is not the problem, actually. It’s the way we spend time while not at work that may be the culprit.
The amount of time we spend working cuts-into the time we spend relaxing, exercising, and socializing for our mental health. More importantly is the lack of sleep we endure to impress (fill-in the blank). Is it any wonder a study finds that spending too much time investing in work depletes our lifespan?
A 40-hour workweek is tied to health issues that shorten life like those that affect our brain, heart, and metabolism. It transcends physical health – it adversely affects our mental and social stress. In fact working more than 55-hours per week is shown to exacerbate these psycho-social symptoms.
Long hours lends itself to less sleep and more alcohol consumption. This arrests the process whereby the body releases hormones to repair, regenerate, and detoxify. Furthermore our executive functions are impaired. Missing-out on sleep is one of the most important ways the body retains balance.
So what can we do to alleviate the diminished return on overworking? Until the workday is abbreviated, pay close attention to improving your sleep hygiene. The usual suspects entail sound machines, aromatherapy, and off-the-beaten-path try a foam magnetic mattress pad. How much is a good night rest worth to you?
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