This Danger Threatens Your Body When Often Overtime Work

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The word overtime seems familiar enough in the ears of the Healthy Gang who are already working. There are several reasons why you should work overtime, be on a deadline, want to earn extra money outside your salary, show commitment if you are a hard worker to a boss, a job is too much, or maybe you have time management bad.

According to the latest information from the International Labor Organization (ILO), Asia is the continent with the longest overtime. Most countries, as many as 32%, have no maximum weekly working hours, and about 29% of countries have high work limits (60 hours or more for a week). While only 4% of countries adhere to ILO recommendations in setting the maximum international labor standards, ie 48 hours or less for a week.

In America and the Caribbean, 34% of countries do not have a maximum weekly working hours. One such country is the United States. In the Middle East, 8 out of 10 countries allow workers to work more than 60 hours a week. While in Europe, all countries have maximum working hours. Only Belgium and Turkey have more than 48 hours of work a week.

But whatever the reason, you do not often overtime yes, Gengs! The reason, there are some bad effects that haunt if too often overtime. Do not believe? South Korea has recently reduced its working time in a week, from 68 hours to 52 hours. This is done to increase the country’s productivity and birth rate there.

The country of Japan is also experiencing problems associated with too much work hours. Even the phrase “dying from most work” is not only proved through statistics, but also through the existence of a Japanese word that defines it, namely karoshi.

Specifically, karoshi means’ workers who die from stress-related illnesses (heart attacks, strokes) or workers who commit suicide because of great job pressures. The average worker in Japan spent 1,713 hours to work per year. In 2015-2016, the government records the number of karoshi incidents reached 1,456 cases. And, possibly this number is even higher, because there are many cases that are not reported.

Reporting from, psychologist Jennifer Newman mentions that working overtime not only makes you tired alone. But it can also affect mental and physical health in the long term. Working 12 hours or more in a day can increase fatigue, thereby increasing the risk of having an accident while working.

In addition, working for a long time constantly increases the risk of chronic illness, such as heart and lung problems, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis. The effect you will not be experiencing in the near future, but terapumulatif and occur in the future.

Continuous work will also affect the circadian rhythm or biological processes of your body. As a result, you become short of sleep and continue to feel tired. Depression and excessive anxiety are also susceptible. Plus, you do not have quality time with your family.

Health risks will come if you work too long for years. So if there is no urgent deadline or a really important task to be done right then, you should not stay late. Also avoid working after arriving home.

But if it should be overtime, make sure you always rest on the sidelines when working. You can sleep for a while in a quiet room and not too much lighting, or listen to white noise. Consumption of healthy foods, such as vegetables and fruits, and avoid eating fast food. Do not forget to always be hydrated and stay away from caffeine. (US / WK)