Overworking Leads to Heart Attacks and Dementia

New research has found that those who work 11 hour days or more increases heart attack danger by 67 percent.

Are you working yourself into an early grave? A research team from the University College Lunden studied 7000 workers over 11 years, and established how many hours they worked on average a day, along with heart health data.The team found that those who work 11-hour days or more increase their chance of a heart attack by two thirds.

Researchers say the risk of overworking is so great that doctors should ask patients, “How many hours a day do you work?” right alongside, “How much do you drink or smoke?”

If you think that working a 12 hour day is helping you up the ladder of success, perhaps you’d better take another look at the wall your ladder is actually leaning against. It may be a wall labeled “Heart Attack Danger” and “Early Dementia.”

Researchers in another study found that long hours on the job weaken mental abilities and could put you at risk for developing dementia.

Some people, especially those who own their own businesses or work at home, have a hard time transitioning and letting go of the day’s stress.

Think of your brain as a computer that needs to sleep, hibernate, shut down and re-boot on a regular basis to prevent brain fatigue. Mix up your work and concentration with 8 hours sleep, exercise, power naps, eating healthy snacks, changing your environment and you’ll find you get more done in less time, with more relaxed fun.

If you aren’t getting enough sleep you may find the Amen Clinic’s “Restful Sleep Combo” (a natural sleep aid and a relaxation audio CD) helpful in unwinding your mind from the workday world.


http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4830620n Dr. Carolyn Brockington, neurologist.

  • Bill Hilburn

    Awesome information! Good to teach in schools when children are still children. Want to meet Dr. Amen some day.
    Bill Hilburn, Jeff Smith Therapist.

  • Glenda Williams

    This confirms what I have believed for a long time. Without sufficient sleep the brain simply cannot function properly. However, I did not know that working long hours could also put you at greater risk for heart attacks.

  • Glenda Williams

    My parents were good examples of balance which this post really recommends. They worked hard all their lives but also took the time to relax and enjoy things besides work. They both lived long healthy lives.

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