Women who work long hours are significantly more at risk of ill health than men

Study shows that women suffer more than men when overworked  
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that working too hard can be detrimental to your health.
But ladies, we’ve got some bad news for you.
A study shows that if you’re regularly working more than the standard office hours, then you can expect to see more ill health than your male counterparts.
‘People who habitually put in a lot of long hours for many years, even decades, are really running an increased risk of potentially seeing chronic disease later in life,’ says Allard Dembe, director of the study and Professor of Health Services Management and Policy at the College of Public Health at Ohio State University.
And it’s ‘tremendously more evident in women’.
Sick woman laying in bed under blanket  
Men who worked 60 hours a week had twice the chance of getting osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis compared to those who worked 30-40. But interestingly, those who worked longer hours didn’t have increased risk of other serious diseases.
On the other hand, women in the longer hours group had more than three times the risk of heart disease, non-skin cancer and diabetes than the women who worked fewer hours.
They also carried nearly four times the risk of arthritis and nearly three times the risk of asthma.
Small boy playing with his mother  
But why are women suffering more?
‘My speculation is, they have to balance all these other roles, parenting, child care, domestic responsibilities, worrying about everyone’s health care,’ Dembe said.
The study also showed that working long hours interferes with sleep, which means the body is in a constant state of stress.
We think it’s time to get some zen. And some serious shuteye.