Why long commute to work is bad for you

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Is your workplace far from your home?
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Is your workplace far from your home?

People with full-time jobs who endure long commutes may be more likely to have sleep problems and sedentary lifestyles than counterparts who work closer to home, a Swedish study suggests.

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The problem with long commute
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The problem with long commute

Among individuals working more than 40 hours a week, commuting more than a half-hour each way to work on a typical day was associated with a 25% higher risk of having an inactive lifestyle and a 16% higher risk of sleep problems, the study found.

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Effect of excessive work and endless commute
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Effect of excessive work and endless commute

After a tiring day at work and long hours of commute, people may not be physically active. Daily routine of most adults’ is determined by their work routines, including how much time they spend getting to and from their jobs. While long work hours have been previously linked to unhealthy behaviors like inactivity, smoking and poor eating habits, the study dives deep into the reasoning of the combined effect of excessive work and endless commutes over time.

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About the study
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About the study

For the current study, researchers surveyed more than 22,000 working-age adults at least twice between 2008 and 2018 about their work and commute hours as well as how much they drank, smoked, exercised and slept. They also asked about participants’ height and weight to determine body mass index (BMI). At the start of the study, participants were 48 years old, on average. While many commuters had a consistent route to work throughout the study, 14% had commute times change once during the study and about 5% changed commutes at least twice.

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Relation between health and commute
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Relation between health and commute

Among people who worked less than 40 hours a week, commuting time didn’t appear to influence health behaviors. People with longer work hours and long commutes appeared more likely to be overweight than those who worked or traveled less, but this difference was too small to rule out the possibility that it was due to chance.

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