The obvious effects of overworking shows itself first on our face and behavior very apparently before affecting our body. Most of the time for the sake of work, we do not take them seriously. If you are from amongst those who don’t take it seriously, its time you do. Overworking can damage more than what meets the eye and this has been proven through an extensive research.
A recent study has revealed that overworking is not just bad for your overall health, it is bad for your heart as well and this can expose the overworked to a lot of unexpected health risks.
An analysis published in the ‘European Heart Journal’ under the guidance of University College London researchers claimed that people who work for more than 55 hours a week are at an increased risk of atrial fibrillation.
Atrial fibrillation is a condition that results in irregular heart rhythms. This, in turn, is linked to stroke and other serious health conditions. It increases the chances of kidney problems, heart failure, coronary heart disease and even death.
The study revealed that precautions need to be taken by people in general. However, those who already have risk factors need to be extra careful because this could add to their problems substantially.
While the research could not point out exactly why this happens, they reckoned that exhaustion and stress could be considered the primary culprits.
There was no clear evidence to show whether physical work increased the risk more than non-physical work. However, the stress involved with the self-employed and management jobs are estimated to be higher than physical work.
Earlier in 2016, a study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine had published similar results that working for 60+ hours a week resulted in higher risk of diseases like diabetes asthma heart disease cancer etc
Regardless of the gender, the risks were higher according to the study but the rates were much higher in women when compared to men.
No matter what the cause of risk is, it doesn’t change the fact that the risk can be fatal. So, in order to avoid these risks, it is best to keep healthy working hours i.e. less than 40 hours and concentrate on other areas of life and health to maintain the body.