Working for long hours does get on your nerves. Meetings, deadlines, brain smacking tasks and long durations of slogging at the desk, all these take a toss on you. It not just stresses you out, but also hampers your physical fitness and adds you to the group of lazybones. Meeting those targets and working extra hours might prove to be beneficial for you to be in the good books of your boss or manager but not for your health. Scientists say that it affects the most and commonly to your hairline.
Long work hours is one among the reasons for hair fall, baldness or alopecia in men. Studies have revealed that the longer you work, the more prone you are for hair loss. According to a research conducted in South Korea on over 13000 men, it was found that men who worked for over 52 hours a week are more prone to deal with baldness at any point in their lifetime. Stress, pressure, tension, and anxiety all lead to hormonal changes, thereby hindering the growth of the hair follicle. Emotional stress may influence the body to attack hair follicles via the immune system. Experts believe that stress affects the resting phase of your hair growth which could lead your hair to stop growing completely.
Researchers conducted a study on men aged between 20 years to 59 years old, during the year 2013 - 2017. They observed their habits and noted down factors like financial condition, alcoholic or smoking habits, marital status, etc. The study resulted in the conclusion that long working hours are directly associated with increased symptoms of alopecia. Scientists and doctors suggest limiting your work hours, especially when you are in your 20s and 30s. This will help you prevent hair loss symptoms like alopecia at such a young age. Don't work hard for long hours, rather work smart, finish your work early and leave for home early. Your "me time" is essential which you can utilize for self-reflection, recreation etc. Reduce your stress, the happy head is right for your scalp and thereby for your hair too.
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Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP