Working Weekends and Long Hours Could Increase Risk of Depression, Says Study
Science is confirming something we’ve always known: Weekends are for resting. Results from a U.K. study revealed that working weekends and clocking in long hours is detrimental to your health, especially your mental health.
According to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, researchers who studied 11,215 men and 12,188 women found that women have a greater risk at depression when they worked more than 55 hours a week and both men and women are at risk of depression when exposed to weekend work.
With the results implying that long hours and weekend shifts could compromise the health of employees, head researcher Gillian Weston from the University College of London concluded, “We need to move from a culture of unrealistic demands and low rewards to one in which workers are supported and valued, feel they have control, feel they have purpose, and are allowed sufficient time for recovery and leisure.”
“This would benefit workers of both sexes and result in a happier and healthier workforce too—which of course would also benefit the employer,” he added.
Long story short: Listen to science and let people sleep in on weekends.