Your Workday Should Not Exceed This Many Hours, According to Science

Meghan Rooney

There's certainly nothing wrong with being dedicated to your career and putting in the time it takes to achieve success, but according to science, there's a fine line between what's deemed a healthy level of productivity and unhealthy habits. A recent article published on explores the detriments associated with overworking (i.e., when extended hours and overtime are the norm), and it's not a pretty picture.

Though "overtime" has taken on a whole new meaning with today's technology and the expectations that come with over-connectivity, there's a limit—and it's backed by science—for how many hours you should clock in per day before you put yourself and your health at risk. Research has determined that working more than 40 hours per week—more than 10 hours per day—can have seriously damaging effects physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. By exceeding the 10-hour limit, you'll increase your risk of cardiovascular issues by 60%; raise your chances of suffering from depression, stress-related illnesses, and sleep disorders; and most important, decrease your ability to be productive. Sounds like the opposite of what you're trying to achieve by being a hard worker, huh? The bottom line here is to limit your workday to less than 10 hours (and your workweek to nothing beyond 40 hours) if you value your health, relationships, and overall well-being. Oh, and send this link to your boss when you leave at a normal hour tonight.

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