Poor Work-Life Balance Contributes to Poor Health in Future

With the increasing demands of modern life, people are working more and sleeping less. Although most people understand the adverse effects of such a lifestyle on their health, most of them are still choosing work over health, in order to keep their jobs.

However, a recent research indicates that poor work-life balance, especially during mid-life, may contribute to negative health consequences later on in life. Multiple studies have shown that working for long hours without sufficient rest has bad effects on mental and cardiovascular health. A 5-year study has shown that people working more than 55 hours in a week are at a greater risk of suffering from a stroke. On the other hand, flexible schedules and working hours where employees are given more control lead to positive effects on both the well-being and health of an individual.

long hours officeworkerDespite all this evidence, most people tend to sleep less. About 100 years ago, normal sleeping time was around 9 hours per day. Today, most people are sleeping an average of 7 hours or even less. Damaging effects of sleep deprivation include coronary heart diseases, stroke and mental disorders like depression and anxiety. Insufficient sleeping time has also been associated to heart attacks as well as higher risks of sudden death. According to the above-mentioned 5-year study, people working more than 55 hours in a week are also at a 1.6 times higher risk of developing depression. The same group of people was even at a greater risk of developing anxiety.

Research conducted by The University of Jyvaskylé in Finland and published in the Age and Ageing journal showed that businessmen who work more than 50 hours per week scored a lower rate in vitality, general health, and physical functioning. Those who had normal sleep patterns and work schedules displayed better results at work and other areas of life.

Therefore, the importance of a good work-life balance cannot be overemphasized. It is of utmost importance to maintain the right balance between work and rest. Work will always be there, but your health can fail any minute. The amount of money you make when you are not sleeping and resting properly may not be enough to cover your medical expenses, especially when you suffer from a serious medical condition like a stroke of heart attack. Therefore, always create a good balance between work and life, and you will enjoy the fruits of your labour being in a good health.

Alexandr Sedishev