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’.
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.
‘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.