Nearly 86% of American men and 67% of women work more than 40 hours in any given week.
How many of you would love to work a four-day workweek, 32 hours a week? Working 40 hours a week is the norm for most American workers, but a recent survey concluded that workers could finish their assigned tasks in just 32 hours. Once you cut out all the time wasted doing things unrelated to their job. Not only were the workers more productive but happier and more satisfied with their job.
Interestingly, new research claims to prove that people over 40 shouldn’t even be working 32 hours per week. The claim is that too much work overstimulated their brain resulting in less productivity.
Cognitive decline can happen as early as in your 40s. It manifests in losing the ability to focus and remembering important facts. This overstimulation and cognitive decline usually occur because of your excessive work.
The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research did interesting research about the working hours of people over 40. This study involved 3500 women and 3000 men at the age of 40 and over. What they found out was that working up to 30 hours a week is excellent for your brain.
This is the optimum limit for improving your cognitive function when you reach this age, but once you cross the threshold of 30 hours, your performance will start getting worse.