It may seem obvious that for a business owner, or any person for that matter, to stay healthy they have to eat right, get enough sleep, exercise, and find a balance between work and relaxation. There is more to the equation though. It turns out that studies show working more than 10 hours a day on a regular basis offers up a whole host of health issues, mental and physical, all on its own. Even trying to work staying healthy around your busy work schedule doesn’t help that much because, let’s face it, if you working that much regularly there really isn’t time for all that needs to be done to stay healthy.
If you have a job that requires mostly sitting, and you are there more than 8 hours a day for longer than a few days at the time, there are going to be physical consequences. Sitting for that long can impede circulation, and if you aren’t moving you aren’t exercising, obviously. Long hours mean if you exercise you are doing it either very early or very late, and either way results in sleep loss. Waking up too early means you are cutting into sleep time, and exercising too late at night makes it hard for your body to rest well. It is also very hard to exercise enough to make up for sitting for 11 to 12 hours a day.
Working for more than the standard 8 to 9 hours per day indefinitely has been shown in some studies to double the risk of depression. In addition, there is also an increase in the risk for dementia, and cognitive performance can be affected as well. Mental activity is important to avoid these issues, but if your job is repetitive that is not helping. Even if your job is not repetitive, a lack of relaxation and recreational activities seems to have a detrimental effect on mental health.
Sometimes the result of working too much is what actually causes the problem. Stress and inadequate sleep have been said by the medical world for years to cause serious health issues. Even if you love your job, you are experiencing stress on some level while you are working. If you are always working, you are not getting the break you need from stress. This can, in turn, affect your ability to get adequate sleep. Paired with a lack of exercise and the increased stress, multiple physical, mental, and even emotional issues can begin to surface. One study showed a 60% increase in the risk for heart-related ailments when working 10 plus hours per day.
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