All work and no play made Avika Gor an asthmatic

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 23, 2015

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Quick Bites

  • Working overtime is linked with a more than doubled risk of depression.
  • Sitting for long hours is linked with diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart attack.
  • The health effects of too little include decreased memory and other mood problems.
  • Working overtime increases risk for a wide range of heart-health-related problems.

The famous “Balika Vadhu”, Avika Gor has been associated with Indian television for nine years now, and she claims that she has worked all these years without a day’s break. Working too hard has apparently reared its ugly head up by giving her asthma and other health issues.

The paycheck may be a great inspiration for constantly working hard for success but all those extra hours also affect your health. According to a 2012 study, people who work for 11 hours a day have a higher risk of depression, as compared with people working a standard 7-8 hours a day.

working too hard

Below are some demerits, other than depression, of working too hard for success.

Lifestyle Issues

If your job requires you to sit all day (like mine), you should know that you are at an increased risk for diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart attack and even death. And this higher risk for chronic disease isn’t really helped by minimal exercise that we might get sometimes, according to the University of Missouri.  


Working too hard leaves you with little time to sleep, inducing further more negative health effects that are well-documented. The lesser you sleep, the more susceptible you become to memory loss, weight gain, mood swings, serious cardiovascular problems and possibly cancer. Use this weekend to catch up on sleep and alter your bedtime so that you get a good eight-hour of sleep every night.

Heart-health issues

If you work for 10 or more hours a day, your risk of cardiovascular problems jumps to a whopping 60 percent. If you can’t cut down on work, incorporate heart-healthy foods like fish, lean meats and lots of fresh fruits in your meals. Also, try to squeeze in some physical activity in your schedule whenever possible.


This one is a no-brainer. Workload, deadlines, daily commute, incompetent colleagues and daily tasks invite stress. This stress in no time pumps out hormones that increase blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar. Long-term problems caused by stress include mental health issues, obesity, heart diseases, and skin problems, among others.

Eye strain

Glaring at the computer screen all day is the most common cause of eye strain. In fact, a 2011 study found that 64 to 90 percent of computer users complain of some kind of vision problems, such as eye strain, headaches, dry eyes and blurred vision. Even people with long-driving jobs may experience the same symptoms.

Eye strain


That bonus you fetched by working long hours does no good for your brain because the practice eventually leads to an increase in risk of mental decline or even dementia. Working too hard in middle age may also negatively affect your cognitive performance, says a 2009 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. You can reduce your risk of dementia by balancing work and life well, eating healthy, having regular social interactions and exercising.

All this information should influence you to take advantage of the coming weekend and find respite from the stresses of all the long days you’ve worked. If you won’t help your health, nothing else will.

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