Here’s Why Working Overtime Might Be Killing You


Putting in the overtime hours might keep your boss happy or help you pay off that holiday credit card bill, but it can take a toll on your health in the long term.

Working 41–48 hours a week instead of a “normal” 35–40 raises your risk of stroke by 10%; toiling 49–54 hours ups it by 27%; and slaving away for 55 hours hoists it by a shocking 33%, according to a new study from University College London.

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The mega-analysis of 25 previous studies involving some half a million adults in the U.S., Europe, and Australia just confirms what we’ve always said: Sometimes the smartest four words a man can say are “Time to go home.” 

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