If you are over 40 and working more than 25 hours a week, you are un-knowingly damaging your brain which could also lead to impair your intelligence, according to a study released by researchers for the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research in Australia.
“Excessively long working hours can cause fatigue and physical and/or psychological stress, which potentially damage cognitive functioning.”
According to the latest Research, working 25 hours a week (part time or three days a week) can cause fatigue and physical and/or psychological stress, which potentially damage cognitive functioning, while working less than that is detrimental to the agility of the brain for both men and women.
As many countries have already increased their retirement ages, delaying when people are eligible to start receiving pension payments, McKenzie’s latest findings on cognitive fatigue are important and to look forward to.
“Work can be a double-edged sword, in that it can stimulate brain activity, but at the same time, long working hours and certain types of tasks can cause fatigue and stress which potentially damage cognition,” said lead researcher Colin McKenzie, a professor of economics at Keio University in Tokyo.
Three days a week is great for work-life balance, especially when you have children at home. Whereas, four days a week means that I feel pretty much fully connected to my team but, I have an extra day off which helps me to deal with the other responsibilities.
The key is to have flexibility and to keep it all balanced. This is how you may lead a healthy yet prosperous future.