There is every reason to be worried if you have a stressful job and don’t sleep well. It is three times likely that you get a deadly cardiovascular disease that could kill you especially if you have hypertension. Researcher Karl-Heinz Ladwig of the Technical University of Munich, Germany observed that stressful job is often linked with poor sleep and this when combined with hypertension could lead to a greater likelihood of death from cardiovascular disease, showed the findings published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. People with work stress alone had a 1.6-fold higher risk while those with only poor sleep had a 1.8-times higher risk, the study said. In the study, work stress was defined as jobs with high demand and low control. If your job is stressful this is how it can affect your health:
Lifestyle diseases: A recent research showed that stressful jobs were causing millennials to develop diabetes, cancer, heart diseases. The risk is even more than their parents. Factors like insecure work like zero-hour contracts or graduates working for non-graduate jobs may be associated with higher instances of psychological stress and can harm their health, in later life.
Cancer: Men who have prolonged exposure (15 to 30 years or more) to work-related stress have an increased likelihood of lung, colon, rectal and stomach cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Researchers at INRS and Université de Montréal in Canada said that a link between work-related stress and cancer was not found in participants who had held stressful jobs for less than 15 years.
Greater likelihood of early death: A study by Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business found that individuals in high-control jobs, high job demands are associated with a 34 per cent decrease in the likelihood of death compared to low job demands.
Hormonal imbalance: Occupational stress can create havoc with your hormonal balance. Whether it is cortisol or testosterone, estrogen or thyroxine, an imbalance in these hormones can cause problems like weight gain, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, high blood pressure, migraine etc.