Death from overwork


Today’s needull talks about karoshi, which means death by overwork in Japanese. By 2015, there were 2310 claims of death by overwork. This phenomenon might be spreading to emerging countries like China and India too where there is a culture of presentee-ism.

Intriguingly, karoshi might not be caused by stress or a lack of sleep, but time spent in the office. By analysing the habits and health records of more than 600,000 people, last year researchers found that those who worked a 55-hour week were a third more likely to suffer a stroke than those working fewer than 40 hours. It’s not known why, but the authors speculated it might simply be the result long periods sat at a desk.

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Zaria Gorvett — BBC

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