Serious Health Problems Connected with Working Overtime


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Health Serious health risks associated with working overtime, study finds Doctors said people who work more than 40 hours have a 70% higher risk of developing masked hypertension. Researchers said they found that working 61 to 70 hours a week increased the risk of coronary heart disease by 42 percent, and working 71 to 80 hours increased it by 63 percent. Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, with more than half a million deaths each year in the United States alone, according to the U.S.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But a study in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine shows that consistently surpassing this standard can be detrimental to your health. Researchers found that working. It also puts you at a higher risk of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

Working overtime also puts stress on personal relationships, which increases your risk of depression. It increases the risk of familial conflict, and when one or both couples in a marriage work consistent overtime, it increases your chances for divorce. Your heart’s working overtime, too You might not really notice it, but work stress can release the hormone cortisol, which is hard on your heart. This in turn can increase your risk for strok.

“Our findings suggest a link between working long hours and increased CHD (coronary heart disease) risk, but more research is needed before we can be confident that overtime work would cause CHD. Results: After adjusting for those factors, working in jobs with overtime schedules was associated with a 61% higher injury hazard rate compared to jobs without overtime. Working at least 12 hours per day was associated with a 37% increased hazard rate and working at least 60 hours per week was associated with a 23% increased hazard rate. SUMMARY In 16 of 22 studies addressing general health effects, overtime was associated with poorer perceived general health, increased injury rates, more illnesses, or increased mortality.

One metaanalysis of long work hours suggested a possible weak relationship with preterm birth. Excessive overtime can cause real harm to your relationships. In a study by Cornell University, 30% of those polled said working more than 60 hours a week caused ‘severe work-family conflicts’ and the divorce rate increased accordingly. A recent study found that workers clocking at least 11 hours a day have a higher risk of depression than people working a standard sevenor eight-hour day.

And that finding joins a host of others suggesting a link between clocking long hours and serious health problems.

List of related literature:

Hazards in the workplace can result in exposure to chemicals, risks for musculoskeletal strains and sprains, and stress as well as life-threatening injuries.

“Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability” by Andrew L. Dannenberg, Howard Frumkin, Richard J. Jackson, Robin Fran Abrams, Emil Malizia, Arthur Wendel, James Sallis, Rachel A. Millstein, Jordan A. Carlson, Carolyn Cannuscio, Karen Glanz, Jonathan Samet, David A. Sleet, Rebecca B. Naumann, Rose Anne Rudd, Lorraine Backer, William C. Sullivan, Chun-Yen Cheng, Caitlin Eicher, Ichiro Kawachi, Chirs S. Kochtitzky, James Krieger, David E. Jacobs, Donna S Heidel, Paul Schulte, Matt Gillen, L. Casey Chosewood, Liz York, Kenneth M. Wallingford, Greg Wagner, Craig Zimring, Jennifer DuBose, Jared Fox, Reid Ewing, Gail Meakins, Grace Bjarnson, Holly Hilton, Colin Quinn-Hurst, Timothy Beatley, Margaret Schneider, Lisa M. Feldstein, Manal Aboelata, Leah Ersoylu, Larry Cohen, Nisha Botchwey, Matthew J. Trowbridge, Jennifer C. Johnson, Sandro Galea, Anthony G. Capon, Susan Thompson
from Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability
by Andrew L. Dannenberg, Howard Frumkin, et. al.
Island Press, 2012

Heavy physical workloads, hazards such as noise or radiation, dangerous conditions, toxic chemicals, exposure to asbestos or coal dust, risk of cancer, social conditions, and exposure to viruses, fungi, and molds can damage workers’ health.

“The Puzzle of Latin American Economic Development” by Patrice M. Franko
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by Patrice M. Franko
Rowman & Littlefield, 2007

These risks could be heavy lifting, prolonged standing, night work, early shift work, work-related stress, threats from customers, exposure to nauseating smells, working excessive hours, lack of rest breaks, and so on.

“Selwyn's Law of Employment” by Astra Emir
from Selwyn’s Law of Employment
by Astra Emir
Oxford University Press, 2018

Overwork and improper safety procedures can lead to increased musculoskeletal injuries and chronic respiratory disease, as well as chronic stress caused by having pay withheld and travel documents seized while working (George and Stanley, 2018; TurnerMoss et al., 2014).

“Occupational Therapy in Community and Population Health Practice” by Marjorie E Scaffa, S. Maggie Reitz
from Occupational Therapy in Community and Population Health Practice
by Marjorie E Scaffa, S. Maggie Reitz
F.A. Davis, 2020

Any health hazards created directly by the equipment or the materials involved in the workplace can place the entire household at risk twenty-four hours a day.

“Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety: The body, health care, management and policy, tools and approaches” by Jeanne Mager Stellman, International Labour Organisation, International Labour Office
from Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety: The body, health care, management and policy, tools and approaches
by Jeanne Mager Stellman, International Labour Organisation, International Labour Office
International Labour Office, 1998

Adverse work schedules increase the risk for accidents, injuries, errors, acute health conditions and the development of chronic health problems.

“Handbook of Occupational Health and Wellness” by Robert J. Gatchel, Izabela Z. Schultz
from Handbook of Occupational Health and Wellness
by Robert J. Gatchel, Izabela Z. Schultz
Springer US, 2012

Although most workers may never face any serious adverse health effects from workplace exposures, all types of work have hazards (Box 40-1).

“Community Health Nursing: Caring for the Public's Health” by Karen Saucier Lundy, Sharyn Janes
from Community Health Nursing: Caring for the Public’s Health
by Karen Saucier Lundy, Sharyn Janes
Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC, 2005

Stress from the rising productivity pressure and mounting job demands can cause cumulative trauma and disorder, such as wrist pain experienced by super-market cashiers, meat cutters, or keyboard operators.

“Business Ethics And Corporate Governance” by Fernando A.C.
from Business Ethics And Corporate Governance
by Fernando A.C.
Pearson Education, 2010

Workplace injuries can be either acute or chronic.

“White-Collar Crime: The Essentials: The Essentials” by Brian K. Payne
from White-Collar Crime: The Essentials: The Essentials
by Brian K. Payne
SAGE Publications, 2012

• Risk is associated with work in intensive, surgical, acute and anaesthetic units [4, 6, 53] • Lack of hand hygiene is associated with hectic work at a high risk of cross-contamination.

“Prevention and Control of Infections in Hospitals: Practice and Theory” by Bjørg Marit Andersen
from Prevention and Control of Infections in Hospitals: Practice and Theory
by Bjørg Marit Andersen
Springer International Publishing, 2019

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  • You can count me in, worked for more than 50 hours per week for more than a decade, and my high BP does not go down even with years of high medication! So just go out and work 40 hours, breathe easily, never take stress, life with high BP is not worth it! Enjoy life, it is just once we get on the rare Blue Planet,:)

  • I live in canada and own a small business. Ive never taken a real vacation in 18 years. If I ever did take two weeks off my finances would take a hit, expenses for the trip and lost revenue from taking two weeks off. I feel stuck and stressed everyday. Even on weekends im on call. The way the gov sees it im just another cog in the wheel and will be replaced. boo hoo.

  • My theory of Balance ratio theory was right
    Hands on experience (Work)
    Human Interaction
    Reading books
    Video games
    Creating content
    Learning / researching/ books/ Internet screens
    Watching High quality TV shows you enjoy
    Worship God (Prayer)
    Math for financial and innovation
    Raising a Family


  • that’s true… when cells are in stress, our DNA replicate faster which leads to faster chances of getting mutations leading to cancer or heart diseases