I just recently wrote about stress management. Just when I finished the story I came along an article in the Metro, the free daily newspaper on the 25th of February.
“Overtime ‘is as bad as tobacco’ for dementia” – it says that Britons work some of the longest hours in Europe. This increases dementia later in life. Allegedly the effects of overtime are as bad as smoking on the brain’s ability to process information. They quote a figure from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health of 55 hours a week, e.g. comparing that to working 40 hours a week, makes a significant difference in the functioning of the brain.
This study is supported by Prof Cooper of Lancaster University who says that long hours are not only bad for your health but also bad on your performance. One needs a rest to recuperate.