Are you one of those people who spend more than 40 hours a week in the office? According to science, if you work more than three days, you could damage your cognitive process.
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This article was translated using AI technologies from our Spanish edition. Errors can occur as a result of this process.
As entrepreneurs, we typically spend many hours at work. However, this may not be particularly beneficial for your health or even your cognitive development.
According to a study published by the Melbourne Institute Worker Paper, it might be healthiest to only spend 25 hours a week, or three days, at work, especially if you are over 40 years old.
According to Australian researchers who analyzed 3,000 men and 3,000 women, working more than 55 hours a week leads to fatigue, stress, impaired neuronal processes and atrophy of cognitive functions. That is, reducing working hours to 25 hours per seven days improves memory, abstract thinking, and specific knowledge.
What if I can't only work 25 hours a week?
While the study recommends cutting back on work to this time, you shouldn't feel bad. The study also found that 40 hours a week did less brain damage than simply not working. However, spending more than 55 hours per seven days is more damaging than unemployment in the long run. It's all about balance.
"Work can be a double-edged sword in the sense that it can stimulate brain activity, but at the same time it can cause too much stress and fatigue, which is very damaging to cognitive functions," the study said.
According to experts, working in a balanced way after 40 years will help improve health and motivate parts of the brain that are starting to slow down.
The key word is balanced.