• BBCSleep scientists' wake-up call for later school starts
    "Most people wake up to alarms, because they don't naturally wake up at the time when they have to get up and go to work.

    "So we've got a sleep deprived society - it's just that this age group, say 14-24 in particular, is more deprived than any other sector."




  • http://news.nationalpost.com/health/starting-work-before-10-a-m-is-tantamount-to-torture-and-is-making-staff-sick-and-stressed-researcher-says




  • http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/workers-subjected-to-torture-of-sleepdeprived-society-by-being-made-to-work-before-10am-says-body-clock-expert-10492125.html

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/09/09/sleep-deprivation-is-torture-says-oxford-academic_n_8108678.html

  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11851311/Staff-should-start-work-at-10am-to-avoid-torture-of-sleep-deprivation.html


  • Travelling to work 'is work', European court rules sept 2015
  • What are the physical effects of stress? (HowStuffWorks,
    As many as 40 percent of employees claim they're burned out because of work-related stress. ..It's doubtful that anyone reading this article is surprised by any of these statistics. Our world moves at a breakneck pace, and there's a consistent onus put on us to work harder, move faster and get further before we die. Unfortunately, we could all die sooner because of this very notion.


  • School starts too early for teens: study - NY Daily News 2015 August


  • Better nurse staffing levels tied to lower readmissions rates: study 2013, Jan
  • Two thirds 'turn to drink' to relax in the evening Almost two-thirds of people rely on alcohol to relax in the evenings, the charity Drinkaware has warned. A poll of 2,000 adults aged 30-45 carried out by ICM found 44% drank all or most - and a third think about having a swift drink before they even get home. Stress - and bad days at work - were the most common reasons for drinking. (July 2012)
  • According to a new survey released by Good Technology, the average American worker puts in an extra month and a half of overtime each year, just answering work emails and calls at home. ...Sixty nine percent won't go to bed without checking their work email... Good also conducted a similar poll in the [UK] and found a similar trend, if only on a lesser scale. Across the Atlantic, the average worker is putting in an extra three weeks of overtime per year..
  • Frederick is one of a growing number of fifty- and sixtysomethings who aren't ready to quit work but would like to cut back -- in fact, four out of 10 people 50 and older say they'd like to gradually reduce their work hours as they age, according to an AARP survey. 12feb
    But University of Sydney Professor John Buchanan, Director of the
    Workplace Research Centre, says the focus should be on why staff are
    taking time off, not when they are choosing to do so.
    
    He says staff are stressed out.
    Audio: 'Stressed-out' workers taking more sickies (The World Today)
    
    "I think the issue of the negative consequences of stress for health
    are getting recognition from insurers and the like, and I think they
    are the hard numbers that people should be focusing attention on,"
    Professor Buchanan said.
    
    He says there is a culture of working every last cent out of
    employees, until they give up.
    
    "For managers, they manage by stress," Professor Buchanan said.
    
    "They cut staffing levels, see how far the organisation can limp along
    with as few staff as possible and then respond.
    
    "This has significant impacts on the workforce."
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-03/workplace-sickies/3810308
    
  • Computer consultant: Three jobs in one
    "..now I find companies are taking incredible advantage of the economic crisis by combining the work of several people into one position. I have been told outright on interviews that I would be replacing three people and should expect to work 10-hour days and weekends"[See html-commentedAtThisFileForCnnfnReaderComments]
  • One in four 'works all day without break' - survey 10june bbc
  • ((Work pressures during the recession have caused a big rise in mental health problems, the charity says. survey for Mind suggests that one in 11 British workers has been to the GP for stress and anxiety from the financial squeeze. And 7% said they were prescribed medicines to help them cope. ..10may)) LI>People who regularly put in overtime and work 10 or 11-hour days increase their heart disease risk by nearly two-thirds, research suggests (see also "Working overtime may harm the heart, study says" cnn.com)10may
  • Fewer than half of U.S. workers are satisfied with their jobs, the lowest level since record-keeping began 22 years ago, said a report released Tuesday. The Conference Board's survey polled 5,000 households, and found that only 45% were satisfied in their jobs. That's down from 61.1% in 1987, the first year the survey was conducted. Even though one in 10 Americans is out of a job, those who are employed are increasingly dissatisfied. "Through both economic boom and bust during the past two decades, our job satisfaction numbers have shown a consistent downward trend," said Lynn Franco, director of the Consumer Research Center of The Conference Board, in a prepared statement. "[That] could spell trouble for the overall engagement of U.S. employees and ultimately employee productivity," she added.The report notes that job satisfaction has steadily declined over the years despite big improvements in the work environment, such as a reduction of workplace hazards and an increase in vacation days. The drop in satisfaction over the past 22 years spans various aspects of employee life, including interest in work (down 18.9 percentage points) and job security (down 17.5 percentage points). And employee satisfaction dipped across the board; workers in every age group and income levels showed a drop, but workers younger than 25 were the most unhappy in their jobs. Almost one-quarter of respondents said they didn't expect to be at their current jobs within a year.(10jan, cnnfn)
  • Later parent-set bedtimes and correspondingly shorter sleep durations appear to be related to the development of depression in adolescents, a cross-sectional analysis showed. In addition to depression, adolescents with later bedtimes also had a greater risk of having suicidal thoughts and Teens allowed to go to bed after midnight were almost a quarter --24%-- more likely to suffer from depression (DID THEY try to correct for later set sleep time ==>other factors which, in turn--==>depression?) The average sleep duration was seven hours and 53 minutes, against the nine or more hours of nightly sleep recommended for adolescents. Those with a bedtime or 10pm or earlier slept on average eight hours and ten minutes --33mins longer than those who went to bed at 11pm, -- and 40 minutes more than those who went to bed past midnight.( unimpressive gains..) (10jan)
  • Just one extra hour of sleep a day appears to lower the risk of developing calcium deposits in the arteries, a precursor to heart disease.( here) For each additional hour of sleep, the risk of calcification of the coronary arteries decreased by 33 percent -- an outcome equal to -- reducing blood pressure by 16 point elevations. Moreover, the sleep relationship did not change even when the researchers controlled for certain traditional risk factors for heart disease, such as cholesterol, weight and diabetes. (09oct)
  • More than 11 percent of adults said there was not a single day in the previous month when they got enough shuteye, government researchers reported. Another 17 percent reported insufficient sleep during half or more of the previous month...All told, only 31 percent of respondents said they had gotten enough sleep every day in the past month (09oct) (Almost 51 percent of those surveyed in Puerto Rico said they never had trouble sleeping..[worst] Ohio, at 27.1 percent. /Seniors 65 and older were most satisfied with their sleep, with 57 percent saying they got enough every day and just 7 percent reporting insufficient sleep every day.[NOTE: 7 is not THAT much less than 11-and-change% given that retirement is a huge difference]Respondents in the 25-34 age group reported the worst sleep. Twenty-two percent of the young adults reported 30 days of good sleep and 14 percent reported 30 days of poor sleep. [[Referenced study:Perceived Insufficient Rest or Sleep Among Adults --- United States, 2008(CDC)]]
  • Around half [of UK workers]are going into work when they are ill and working longer hours, while just over a third are not taking lunch breaks. When the workers were asked about their illness, half said they were suffering from insomnia while a third said they were having migraines and 21% had anxiety attacks and palpitations. Almost a third said they were drinking more and a fifth were smoking more. May 29, 09
  • Long hours link to dementia risk ...those working more than 55 hours a week had poorer mental skills than those who worked a standard working week. The American Journal of Epidemiology study found hard workers had problems with short-term memory and word recall. .."key factors could include increased sleeping problems, depression, an unhealthy lifestyle and a raised risk of cardiovascular disease, possibly linked to stress. " (09 feb)
  • Sleeping less than seven hours a night greatly raises the risk of catching a cold, US research has suggested. 09jan ALSO (a copy of this into health/ ) "The quality of sleep also appeared to be important. Volunteers who spent less than 92% of their time in bed asleep were five-and-a-half times more likely to become ill than those who were asleep for at least 98% of their time in bed. "
  • Bad bosses may damage your heart 08nov
  • "Our data suggests that for many babies today, life in a buggy is emotionally impoverished and possibly stressful. Stressed babies grow into anxious adults. [Well one can add lots of other studies and lots of other evidence about 1,001 other situations during baby and childhood years....chronically or repeatedly so, for a huge portion of the population..no wonder a huge portion is "anxious adults" even before you add in workplace, financial, family, corporate news media, etc, ADDED stressors for adults! ]
  • End of daylight saving time is good for the heart Fall back? Researchers say there's a 5% drop in heart attack deaths after clocks are reset to standard time. But spring forward? That's bad for the pumper. The culprit is probably sleep. Scientists have known that sleep deprivation is bad for the heart -- the body responds by boosting blood pressure, heart rate and th tendency to form dangerous clots but they didn't realize a single hour could have a measurable effect.
  • "Credit crunch insomnia" Nearly half of the 1,000 men and women surveyed by NetDoctor said they were sleeping worse now than a year ago. One-fifth of them are regularly getting fewer than five hours sleep a night and a quarter wake up more than three times a night, the survey suggests. Stress was cited as a major factor, with two-thirds blaming money and work worries for their insomnia. Snoring was also a contributing factor, with 30% complaining that their partner's snoring keeps them awake at night. [that's huge for snoring. Related to/indicative of, high societal rates of sleep apnea??]
  • Money worries 'may harm health' [keywords: stress, financial/economic insecurity]
  • Dr Neil Stanley, a sleep expert at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, said the findings proved just how important it is to get a good night's sleep.However, a recent poll of 4,000 adults in the UK found only one in five sleep for eight hours a night. (another copy is in www/healthnews)
  • Parents with stressful lives may be making their children as well as themselves vulnerable to illness, research suggests. 08 mar
  • study found that sleep deprivation increased the problems that patients experienced in moving out of deep sleep into other phases of sleep. Deep sleep, associated with a slow down of electrical activity in the brain, is believed to be critical to the restoration of mood and the ability to learn, think and remember."It was thought that sleepwalking was mainly a childhood problem, which we grew out of. "But it seems more and more adults are suffering from sleepwalking and it may be due to the fact that we are increasingly a tired, sleep deprived 24/7 society." (08 mar)
  • Tired? Study Says Americans Need More Sleep
    CDC Report Finds 70 Percent of Adults Don't Get Enough Rest
    Of those questioned, 70 percent said they had not gotten enough rest or sleep every day of the past month
    [probably under-reported; recalled national Sleep expert Prof. Maas at Cornell on the study in which volunteers said they had "Full night's sleep" but were let to sleep w/out alarm or tim cues, and who gravitated to 9(?? or at least MORE) sleep..asked "But you told us you were well rested before?" the anwswer was "I didn't realize was truly being fully rested was like, before this study!"] The study did not find much difference between races or genders. The National Sleep Foundation says that most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Many are not getting that. Nationwide, adults that averaged six hours or less of sleep a night increased in all age in groups from 1985 to 2006, according to a National Health Interview Study. For example, in 1985, about 20 percent of men and women ages 45-64 reported sleeping an average of six hours or less. By 2006 that number had jumped to 30 percent. he CDC says an estimated 50-70 million people suffer from constant sleep loss or sleep disorders. But there is some good, if unsurprising, news: Retirement is apparently good for your sleep habits. The CDC found that those who are no longer working were twice as likely to report that they got a full night's sleep. Those who are unable to work all at perhaps because of medical or mental issues-- were the most likely to indicate 30 days of inadequate -- -- rest. those who lived in Hawaii apparently got more sleep than their counterparts in the other three states studied.(DE, NY, RI)
  • Americans Get Less Sleep Than 20 Years Ago
    More Adults Report They Sleep No More Than 6 Hours Per Night, CDC Says
    10 percent said they didn't get enough sleep or rest in any of the previous 30 days.About 30 percent said they got enough sleep or rest every day during the previous 30 days. [better phrased as "a wopping 70 percent did not get a full month's worth of 'adequate sleep'"]
    "Getting up to [meanins LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO] six hours of sleep was more common in 2006 than in 1985. That pattern held for all age groups AND WAS STRONGEST FOR PEOPLE AGED 30-64.
  • About 10 percent of U.S. adults sleepy [totally misleading title, see above!]The study found that the prevalence of insufficient sleep decreased with age. An estimated 13.3 percent of adults ages 18 to 34 reported insufficient rest or sleep every day in the past month, compared to only 7.3 percent of adults age 55 and older.

    Darrel Drobnich, National Sleep Foundation chief executive officer.."Americans are definitely sleep deprived. They don't get the amount that even they say that they want," Drobnich said. The CDC said 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep loss and sleep disorders in a country of 300 million.

  • Bank crises 'deadly for health' ()read this later)...............................................
  • ccording to a recent study of 93 big companies by human-resources consultants Watson Wyatt (www.watsonwyatt.com), the No. 1 reason why people quit is excessive stress. (08 feb, CNN/Fortune)
    "That study makes clear that you can't wait for your employer to 'get' just how big a problem your stress level is," notes Gale. "You have to take responsibility for managing it yourself, and do it now."
    Notice it's all in "our" lap -- what about the employers changing the environment? Nope, only us changin how we "manage" it. And of course it's not all in employers' hands: unless and until the global economic system's structure changes, employer can (and should) do something, but can't fundamentally change the pathologically high stress environment.
    The usual stressors [include] ever-higher productivity targets, only 24 hours in a day [this is just re-stating the first one], and the struggle to carve out some kind of life outside of work [this is just re-stating yet again that one single reason: being expected to do more, and more, and more, and ever more 'more', at work]
  • Work stress 'changes your body' A stressful job has a direct biological impact on the body, raising the risk of heart disease, research has indicated...Lifestyle, the researchers concluded, was nonetheless a key factor in the development of the disease. But the team also say they are now confident they understand the biological mechanisms that link stress and disease, a connection widely held to exist but which has been difficult to prove. .. Stress appeared to upset the part of the nervous system which controls the heart, telling it how to work and controlling the variability of the heart rate. Those who reported stress were also recorded as having poor "vagal tone" - the impulses which regulate heartbeat. A major part of the neuroendocrine system - which releases hormones - also seemed to be disturbed by stress, evidenced by the fact that anxious workers had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the morning. (08 jan)
  • Sunday 'worst sleep' of the week Nearly half of those questioned said they suffered from a lack of concentration which lead to mistakes, one in three became irritable with their boss and colleagues and a fifth said they had nodded off at some point. Up to 23 million British workers claim to lose an hour's sleep every night because they dread going to work the next day, (08 jan)
  • [according to] a poll last month by ComPsych (www.compsych.com), a major provider of employee assistance programs and other outsourced human-resources services. The firm surveyed 1,000 employees of its client companies nationwide and found that 83% plan to come to work even if they are sick, up from [an already insane] 77% the last time ComPsych asked this question two years ago. More than one in three (37%, up from 34% in the earlier poll)) said their workload is just too heavy to allow for time off, and 21% (up from 17% in 2005) said they plan to save up their own sick time for when their children are ill. "Employees are pushing the limits of their health and showing up to work at all costs," notes Dr. Richard Chaifetz, ComPsych's CEO He says the trend is driven in large part by "economic uncertainty and the significant debt loads taken on by consumers in the past two years."(08 jan)
  • The number of violent incidents in the workplace has been increasing steadily, according to a study by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Nearly 60 percent of respondents said violence had occurred in their organization during the past three years, 08 jan, (cnn.com)
  • A good night's sleep may reduce a child's risk of becoming obese, according to a US study. 07 nov
  • Work stress linked to heart risk People who go back to a stressful job after a heart attack are more prone to a second attack than those whose work is not stressful: study...Those with job strain were twice as likely to fall ill. (07 oct)...a cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: "It is well known that people are more likely to feel stressed when they have little control over their work situation but have a lot of demands placed on them.."
  • Work time is the single most important lifestyle factor that impacts on sleep - the more hours you work the less sleep you get - research suggests. Commuting time ranked second, above socialising and leisure time, for eating into sleep time.

    "Survey after survey confirms that people are burning the candle at both ends more and more, with no let-up on increasingly global working environments that demand long working hours and 24/7 leisure opportunities. Modern technology has done nothing to free up our time and sleep length and quality is the victim."

    Finally admission that 9 is needed by some: Experts generally agree that seven to nine hours of sleep a night is advisable for adults. (07 sep)

  • Having a high-pressure job doubles the risk of depression and anxiety in young adults A study of 1000 32-year-olds found 45% of new cases of depression and anxiety were attributable to stressful work. 07 aug [They defined a highly demanding job as involving a lack of control, long hours, non-negotiable deadlines, and a high volume of work.] "Also we need to get managers to behave differently - manage by praise and reward rather than by punishment and understand that people need to feel they have control over their work." [they need to "Feel" that they do as opposd to "should" have actual control huh?]
  • Nursing Times magazine surveyed almost 2,000 nurses, and found 70% said they suffered from physical or mental health problems linked to work-related stress. Some 44% said their sex life was suffering A RCN poll last year found more than a quarter of nurses surveyed had been physically attacked at work, while nearly half had been bullied or harassed by a manager....2nd study: nurces: 85% said sexual health services were not given sufficient funds / 80%: not enough priority. (07 may)
  • What walking speeds say about us "The key conclusion is that the world is speeding up The correlation between walking speed and heart disease is very close, says Professor Wiseman. Although walking is a good means of exercise, the problem is the unhealthy things a fast-moving society makes people do. (07 may)
  • Life in the fast lane 'speeds up' The pace of life for city dwellers is literally getting faster, a new British-led study suggests. People are walking 10% more quickly than a decade ago, according to research in 32 cities across the globe. (07 may)
  • Modern life puts stress on heart. The stress of everyday life threatens to fuel an epidemic of cardiovascular disease, a report warns. The study says high blood pressure is rife, and implicates modern, frantic lifestyles.. 07 apr 20
  • Stress at work makes men ill British men are suffering high rates of stress and depression due to overwork, a survey suggests. More than one in three men turn to alcohol to try and switch off from work and 17% have been to see a doctor about their stress levels. ...More than a quarter of men are suffering from exhaustion as a result of stress and 38% are dissatisfied with their jobs..One in five men have aggressive outbursts as a result of stress at work and 22% suffer from depression because they are unhappy with their jobs. Pressures at work led to sleeping problems in 35% of men and 40% struggle to switch off from work. ....Jobs are less secure than ever before, people are working longer hours and they are being micromanaged," he said. "Don't stay in a job you don't like because it will make you ill. ..Around 15% of men said they suffered from a lowered sex drive and 5% ... 06 JUN
  • Almost four in 10 workers in Wales have called in sick because they have felt stressed and unable to cope with work, according to a Samaritans survey. And a fifth of those surveyed said they worked up to two hours extra for every 24 hours they were at their job. 06 may [sic]
  • Modern life 'causes major stress' More than half of Britons questioned said worries about terrorist threats, health risks and identity theft kept them awake at night. Climate change and house prices were also found to make people anxious. One survey found only 3% of adults get the recommended amount of sleep, with stress cited as the main cause of a restless night. 07 apr 11
  • could it be more or less simply CORRELATION with peoel willing to put LIFE/Sanity ABOVE their work that naps are associated with less (streess related) heart attacks, asks Harel? see ""Taking 40 winks in the middle of the day may reduce the risk of death from heart disease, particularly in young healthy men, say researchers." 07 feb
  • Downsizing survivors 'depressed'Workers who keep their jobs following cuts are almost as likely to need treatment for stress as colleagues made redundant, say researchers. The majority of sickness absence in the UK is now due to stress-related illness, and increased work pressure, alongside the threat of redundancy....[is] blamed for some of this.(search for 64%) (Men were more likely to receive antidepressants, women more likely to get drugs to counter anxiety. )suggested that the reason for the difference between male and female responses might be partly due to cultural differences around how the importance of work was perceived...07 jan
  • 20% ofmanagers said they do work while eating dinner at least 4 or 5 times/week; >33% could not remember their last vacation. Of those who did take a vacation, nearly half admit to working during some portion of it. And half of the respondents said they work on holidays. In addition, nearly half of those surveyed work while driving; more than two-thirds work on their days off, which includes checking e-mail, voice mail or making work calls; and two-thirds work after hours and at night. And nearly 20 percent admitted to reading work-related e-mail and papers while in the bathroom. 07 jan
  • Kick back, chill out: It could save the planet
  • A study by the At Home Society shows 12 million Britons are risking their relationships for work and that one in five relationships are on hold for the sake of climbing the career ladder. In the last year the number of people putting in extra hours at work has risen from 8.6m to 9.5m - a third of all British workers. More than four out of ten (41%) workers admit they put more time and effort into their relationships with colleagues than partners. And 31% say they do more for colleagues than loved ones.
  • Sleep loss in child-obesity link A lack of sleep may be partly to be blame for childhood obesity, a leading UK expert claims.
  • If you've got type 2 diabetes, poor sleep may mean worse blood sugar control, a study shows. "Although we can't be certain whether sleep loss makes diabetes worse or the diabetes interferes with sleep, it only makes sense for everyone, but especially patients with diabetes, to give themselves the opportunity to get enough sleep," (06 sep) They note that sleep loss has become increasingly common in modern society "and it cannot be excluded that this behavior has contributed to the current epidemic of type 2 diabetes."
  • When they asked what women wanted more of in their lives, the two most popular answers were "peace" and "time." [THIS IS EQUALLY TRUE FOR MEN; THIS IS THE LONGSTANDING THEME OF THIS WEBPAGE ABOUT OUR SOCIETY/CULTURE -hb] They were talking about a sense of serenity and control over their lives. The women polled also said they would like more sleep, and that they battle the "guilt that creeps in whenever they take a break." 06 SEP working mothers spend both more time at the job and more time with their kids than their counterparts did 25 years ago. Where are they finding that extra time?..[if] you don't have a sense of control. You are interrupted all the time. Your brain has trouble resting even during sleep. Such chronic exhaustion increases the release of stress hormones, and your blood sugar rises." If this is your normal state, then the physical consequences increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and memory problems..The hormonal effects of always being on edge help deposit fat right around your waist..having a strong network of friends enhances people's satisfaction with life and even their health. [lists book clubs etc and then says] "But if you're someone who says yes to the constant requests for help then wonders what you were thinking, maybe what you need at this point in your life is to do less, period." exactly [which means even social support networking needs to happen within the limits of how many free minutes per day/per week we have after sleep and work..] 06 sept
  • People are becoming addicted to mobile phones, causing them to become stressed and irritable....Dr David Sheffield, of the University of Staffordshire, found problem behaviour linked to using a mobile in 16% of 106 users who were studied. In a separate study, to be presented at a conference in Essex later, he found blood pressure was lower in those who had given up using mobile phones...The theory was reinforced by tests carried out on 20 mobile phone users before and while giving up their mobile phones. The results showed once people had started cutting down their mobile phone use, their blood pressure was lower when talking about them than before. (06 sep) Dr David Sheffield, of the University of Staffordshire, found problem behaviour linked to using a mobile in 16% of 106 users who were studied.
  • Modern life 'poisoning' childhoodChildhood creativity is being stifled by a combination of junk food, school targets and mass marketing, a group of authors and academics has claimed. Dozens of teachers joined children's authors and psychologists to write a letter to the Daily Telegraph. The signatories highlighted "the escalating incidence of childhood depression" and demanded action. ..In their letter - entitled: Have we forgotten how to bring up our children? - lead signatory Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood and a former head teacher, claims the government has failed to understand how children develop. ..They warn that poor diet, restricting exercise, putting children in "academic straightjackets", and dressing them like "mini adults" will "restrict their creativity and enrichment". The end of their letter reads: "Our society rightly takes great pains to protect children from physical harm, but seems to have lost sight of their emotional and social needs. "However, it's now clear that the mental health of an unacceptable number of children is being unnecessarily compromised, and that this is almost certainly a key factor in the rise of substance abuse, violence and self-harm amongst our young people." .."The childhood experienced by today's children is significantly different from that of previous generations," he said. "Despite our wealth as a nation, the well-being of children in the UK is amongst the lowest in Europe. "Too many children in the UK are still experiencing poor childhoods." http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5337422.stm (06 sep)
  • Modern life 'biggest health fear' The fast pace of modern life is the biggest health worry, a survey says. The public cited lack of exercise, lack of sleep, fatigue and stress in their top five concerns with passive smoking and drinking much lower down the chart. Two-thirds of women, compared with 58% of men cited lifestyle factors, the poll of more than 5,000 people by Legal and General revealed. Lack of exercise came top as the number one health concern cited by 48% of respondents. Lack of sleep followed at 42%, then fatigue, 34%, availability of NHS dentists, 29% and stress, 27%. Angela Mawle, chief executive of the UK Public Health Association, said: "This research shows that the 24/7 society is getting to us.
  • Today, Americans work longer hours than do Japanese, the researchers add. The likelihood of having high blood pressure rose steadily with the number of hours worked, the researchers found, and persisted even after adjusting for factors such as socioeconomic status and body weight.Almost all of the developed world has legislation limiting work hours, except for the United States, the researchers note. (06 aug)
  • (NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of Americans who work during their vacations has nearly doubled in the last decade, with the laptop computer replacing the cellular phone as the most useful tool for working on holiday. Some 43 percent of office workers said they work on vacation, compared with 23 percent in a survey taken in 1995, said the poll conducted for Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Steelcase Inc., a designer and maker of office furniture. Overall, roughly one in four employees said they spent three or more hours working during vacation. Most said they were committed to the job or had a pressing assignment, while 10 percent cited an inability to relax until things were taken care of.Edward Hallowell, a psychiatrist and author of "Crazy Busy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap!"...
  • Working under constant stress can put health at risk by raising blood pressure, experts warn. White-collar workers should beware, say experts who have shown that chronic job stress can raise blood pressure. High job demands, tight deadlines and low support in the workplace appeared to be triggers, particularly in men. It is well established that work stress can lead to ill health, including heart attacks and depression, but studies looking at the effect of work stress on blood pressure have had mixed results. "Stress is the result of the feeling that people have when they are unable to deal with excessive pressure." ....."MOST people work under AN AWFUL LOT OF pressure. [emphasis added!] It's managing [not eliminating the fact that stress levels are very high, "an awful lot" ?]it that is important. "
  • Seeing shattered workers asleep on crowded commuter trains is a common sight, but as Mr Uchiyama added, you can see a similar picture around the world. "It may be thought that this is a Japanese problem. But it's not, it's global," he said. 06 jun


  • Languishing at the bottom of the league was Japan, with just 18% of men and one in 10 women telling researchers they had good sex. which BBC fails to comment on (also fails to comment on two "backwards" (in their view) countries having the SAME satisfaction levels (male vs femal) about sex...while overall the "weestern" countries have more equzal they say, which the two countries just mentioend are counter-examples to...maybe "even men" in those countries suffer from same negatives (or similar) to women...but that's unexamined). they focus on western (they assert (without evidence in the article though I overall agree to be sure, there is evidence (not i the article) that that is the case)) is 100% same as "more equal" and (they assert with some evidence) corresponds to higher satisf. rates among women.............

  • Sick building link to job stress ... [but] The team found higher levels of symptoms in buildings with temperatures outside the recommended range, poor humidity, airborne bacteria and dust. ..."We are not making claims that buildings don't matter for anybody. "But for the general workforce job stress and job demands seem to have a bigger impact. "There certainly could be buildings which do have physical properties that are very bad," she added. The researchers acknowledged that the quality of the Whitehall buildings they looked into could have been too good to have an adverse effect on health.
  • An unprecedented rise in divorce among Japanese couples married for more than 20 years is being blamed on the so-called "retired husband syndrome".Many of Japan's workers or "salarymen" spend decades living largely apart from their families, devoted to their jobs. Some couples are discovering they barely know one another. Marriage guidance counsellors are warning newly retired couples not to spend extended amounts of time together -- recommending day trips over cruises. 06 feb
  • People 'worrying more than ever' People say they are worrying more than they did five years ago, a survey has revealed. Health, particularly heart disease and cancer, topped the list of concerns, with respondents concerned about themselves and their families. If the survey findings were extrapolated out to the whole UK population, it would mean 67% worried, and 21% of them were tempted to go to the doctor or get medication. Bupa said stress-related medical problems are becoming increasingly common, with more and more people losing sleep because of anxiety. More than a third of worriers surveyed are losing sleep, a quarter say they get annoyed, while 12% said they became withdrawn, and 11% shout. Others turned to drink or comfort-eating to ease their stress.
  • Work Stress slinked to Heart Disease Stress in the workplace is a major factor in the development of heart disease and diabetes, a study says. Stress has long been linked to ill health, but the British Medical Journal study may have identified the biological process for the first time. The study of 10,000 civil servants found a link between stress and metabolic syndrome, which involves obesity and high blood pressure. .
  • One-in-five people across Britain is in pain every day, or most days, a survey suggests. One in four (25%) said they were in pain on the day they were questioned, while 21% reported experiencing pain every day or most days - a further 26% said they had pain some days. (about 3/4 so far!) 05 oct (most common causes, back 27%, arthritis 24%!!!!!!!!!!, headache 16%, injury 8%)
  • With memories of last year's flu vaccine shortage still fresh in their minds, employers want ill workers to go home rather than spread their germs at the office, according to the findings of a new survey. Nearly half of employers who participated in a survey conducted by publishing firm CCH say that sick workers who show up for work are a problem, up 20 percent from last year. The company line may change, but workers may be hesitant to follow through on new guidelines, the USA Today report said, citing a separate survey conducted by Caravan Opinion Research that shows almost 40 percent of employees feel pressured to keep working when ill, even though 75 percent of them say their company encourages them to stay home when sick. (cnnfn.com/money.cnn.com) 05 oct
  • Spouse support cuts job stresses Going home to a hug from a supportive spouse - male or female - brings down blood pressure boosted by a nightmare day at work, a study finds. (05 sept BBC)
  • Work with animals suggests that emotional deprivation in early life causes heightened stress responses as adult animals. It's highly likely this is the case for people too. Re-setting the stress thermostat in childhood is an important adaptation -- it equips a child born into a difficult world to be constantly on the alert. But this alertness comes with a long term price: heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression...."It is the elimination of other causes of death such as infectious disease which is responsible for bringing lifestyle diseases to the fore - and these are exquisitely sensitive to stress." (05 sep BBC)
  • Blood Pressure Soars on Mondays The stress of returning to work on a Monday morning can trigger a dangerous increase in blood pressure, according to a study. The Tokyo Women's Medical University study shows blood pressure readings are higher than at any other time of the week. It may explain why deaths from heart attacks and strokes tend to peak on a Monday morning. 05 jan
  • The National Sleep Foundation found the average American adult slept for less than seven hours a night during a working week.
  • Almost half of adults turn to food to stifle feelings of boredom, loneliness and stress, research suggests. 04 Aug
  • see readers' stories re work and revenge all about stress etc, esply in UK, terrible.. 04 Aug
  • The guilt of a day off sick is easily comforted by the thought that staying under a duvet makes more sense than snuffling self-pityingly at a desk. Now, research has turned that soothing hunch into hard academic reality. Researchers at Cornell University in the US have completed a rare study* into the economic effects of working while ill, or "presenteeism". After looking at 375,000 workers, the authors found that presentees cost their employers $255 (#144) a year. 04 apr
  • Jobs Cuts Harm Those Left Behind A Finnish study of local government personnel found those whose departments suffered major cuts doubled their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. --They say the link between job cuts and poor health in remaining staff is probably linked to stress at work. The workers left behind still had to provide the same services, leading to heightened demand and job insecurity. -- 04 feb bbc
  • 1 in 5 Scottish too tired for romance/sex/community activities,fitness,etc by long hours of work 1 in 3 said relationships suffer. 03 nov
  • Can playing GAMES and having FREEDOM to do so at work, increase productivity? happiness/satisfaction? bbc 03 nov
  • Britons' sex problems..." A loving sexual relationship has real benefits, physiologically and psychologically. As human beings we need to be touched. Denise Knowles, Sex therapist...She said sex problems were on the increase and suggested that some of these may be related to people's lifestyles. "People in this country work some of the longest hours in Europe. An awful lot of people also feel insecure about their jobs. "When they get home, many are exhausted. This combined with not feeling secure is not conducive to wanting to have sex," she told BBC News Online. 03 aug
  • Men Choose Sleep Over Sex "Lots of people are suffering from stress as the result of working long hours, and the lack of security in employment. When people are completely shattered and stressed they don't feel very sexy..If we value stable relationships as a foundation of society, then society needs to change. We need to get away from the culture of working too long and hard, being too materialistic and driven by money" BBC 03 August
  • "Working life crushes creativity" actually about need for more flexible time schedules for work BBC 03 Jul
  • Study:unfair bosses increase blood pressure obvious, but.. (BBC Jun 03)
  • 2/3 of children aged 2-6 or so, don't get enough sleep bbc may 03 Sleep deprivation may contribute to ADHD
  • women too tired from work to have sex BBC jan 03
  • Too tired for sex in Singapore BBC nov 02
  • Workplaces "getting more stressful", than 12 mos, 5yrs ago. OCt 02 BBC
  • More women staying childless BBC June 02
  • t found that 62 per cent of the people surveyed experience what they call "a great deal" of stress at work. Canada, CBC May 01
  • 44 per cent of those surveyed feel advances in technology have actually increased the length of their working day (Austr.ABC Apr 02)
  • showed that Britons were sleeping just over six hours a night rather than the recommended eight. (BBC Apr 02)
  • Moves towards changes in working practices which would allow people to spend more time at home have failed, according to the report. Instead, staff are increasingly expected to take work home with them out of normal office hours, fuelling the UK's reputation for a culture of lengthy working days (and BBC readers respond)
  • Probably stress/busy? Only 22% reported enjoying conjugal relations that often, compared to a third each of French, Swiss, German women and 27% of Italians. Half of British women said they had seen a drop in their sex drive recently, and two thirds said they had become less interested in sex over the last five years. The loss of libido made half feel old and 35% unhappy. But in comparison, 61% of Swiss and 54% of German women said they had never experienced a reduction in libido
  • the social and psychological atmosphere of the place you work [not keyboards] are the key causes of limb disorders. Forcing people to work to tight deadlines, making them do more than they are capable of, and giving them little support probably play a far greater role in causing these disorders. As evidence for this, Professor Buckle says keen computer game players pound on keyboards and joysticks for hours on end, but seem to suffer few injuries as a result. Only when someone else is cracking the whip do workers start to be at risk
  • Employees were more likely to suffer from stress than the self-employed...the problem increased the longer they stay in the same job...nearly 150,000 workers have taken at least a month off sick because of stress-related illness. One in five people report their work as "very" or "extremely" stressful. There was little difference in reported stress levels between men and women. He said that the UK had "job insecurity, the longest working hours in Europe and second longest in the developed world behind the United States"
    2 min video i'view: "jobs are certainly getting more stressful"
    poll of 112 top UK companies revealed that 65% believed stress was a major factor in ill health in their organisations The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union says the number of attacks on transport staff is on the rise..in the NHS, the government has had to introduce a "zero tolerance" campaign to try to reduce the number of attacks, and amount of verbal abuse heaped on staff.
  • Stress affects women's fertility
  • Unhappy people 'make the best workers' Cheerful people waste too much time trying to maintain their happy mood, while their dour co-workers simply get on with the task in hand, the project found.
  • 93% of mothers feel stressed as they try to cope with all the demands made on their lives. Nine out of 10 mothers who work full time say life is much harder than they ever imagined.Researchers found that 78% would "quit their current job tomorrow given the chance". More than half (51%) of all women admit they take time off work to "escape stress or because they feel unwell due to stress",
  • Teachers falling ill for longer"Teachers are vulnerable to illness brought into school, but the tiredness they feel from over-work makes them more prone to sickness. "There has also been a probable increase in stress-related illness because of that workload and the continuing and growing demands placed upon them"
  • 1 in 4 people worry about money 'constantly' 3 in 4 "worried about it during everyday activities".
  • Stressed workers are costing British industry #3bn a year (PS: title isn't "industry is causing stressed workers their health")
  • Teachers demand limits to their working week "And if you are like me you hate Sunday nights. I loathe Sunday nights because all I do is work, work, work for Monday," she said. [..] Mr Toole said he had owned his own business and regularly worked 60 hours a week. It had cost him his marriage and his home. He had gone into teaching hoping to spend more time with his children. "Two months into my first job I woke up in the arms of a paramedic, my head covered in blood, having uncontrollably headbutted the bedside cabinet with a seizure brought on, the GP said, by stress."
  • Work/Sex/Stress
  • women blame stress for breast cancer
  • Baboons & stressContinually elevated levels of stress hormones appears to damage the hippocampus, an area of the brain which also has a role in learning and memory.
  • http://news2.thls.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1166000/1166708.stm"In this country, we have gone too far - we need to have the work ethic and benefits of the US, but also with some humanity and the social awareness of many countries in Europe."
  • A survey by the Trades Union Congress last year found that stress was the number one concern among employees. ;; three out of four employers told the Industrial Society that stress was likely to be their greatest health and safety issue over the next two years. ...Often, he said, there were simple practical steps that could be taken to improve the working environment - for instance providing more resources - that would be far more effective than any stress management course
  • Majority of Americans would trade pay for less stress (NewDream.org)
  • Because money is tight for a lot of people in the area, Dr Henderson says Christmas is a particularly difficult time. "There's a lot of stress and pressure on people in Benchill, which means that they are busy trying to scratch together what they can for Christmas. "Sometimes that means health is their last priority.
  • Nearly half of headteachers are considering leaving the profession..Workload was their main reason, with stress in second place.
  • WebMD: Job Stress: My Job Is Killing me
  • Xmas: "negative feelings" by 1 in 3 ; source of "anxiety" for 22%
  • Work stress puts health at risk Two out of three union officials surveyed by the Trades Union Congress said stress was the number one concern - largely due to workloads.
  • bedtime stories under threat in part due to "culture of long hours"
  • Commuting is 'biggest stress'
  • Stressed teachers reach for helpline
  • Employers gain e-snoop powers
  • A quarter of the population fear a "hopeless future", one in three feels "downright miserable" in UK
  • Work stress blamed for mental illness
  • IT revolution fuels workplace stress
  • Lunch off menu for most UK workers (9/27/00)Less than one-in-five people take an hour off for lunch even though.. entitled to do so by law.
  • Workers at risk of 'desk rage' (9/2/99) Stress at work is driving people to drink, insomnia and illness as long hours and growing workloads take their toll. 64% affected by workplace stress..56% loose sleep as a result.."Workload was the main reason for stress, followed by pressure to meet targets and deadlines"
  • Lack of sleep 'risks lives'
  • Two-thirds "dread" Monday mornings (in UK)
  • Reserach Study: half to 2/3 in UK suffer Stress/Exhaustion from work
  • Study: Stressful jobs are as bad as smoking ...Says that current techniques, such as relaxation therapy tend to target individuals and their symptoms [and] a more effective strategy would be to tackle the job environment.
  • Businessweek, Dec 99 issue: "Workers are working 260 more hours per year than 10 years ago (usually without overtime)" NOTE: Given increases in technology and productivity that are huge over the pats 10 yeras, it's not a question of why did hours go up rather than stay the same -- they would have normally gone down. What did they not go down, let alone, why did they go up?

  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_463000/463853.stm Stress is now the number one reason behind sickness from work - overtaking the common cold

  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_428000/428355.stm Poor health blamed on work insecurity..and 39% of all interviewees said their hours had increased in the past five years.

  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_436000/436512.stm Long hours 'do damage your health'

  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_447000/447405.stm British people will be increasingly prosperous in the next 10 years, but they will also face [even] longer working hours and more stress, according to a report by the Salvation Army.

  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/newsid_582000/582073.stm work: people want fewer hours etc


  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/newsid_439000/439595.stm 'Americans work longest hours' (including various STATS)

  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/business/the_economy/newsid_430000/430758.stm Working hours changes condemned

  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_426000/426068.stm The amount of work-related illness is likely to soar over the next 10 years, research has found.

  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/business/newsid_420000/420008.stm article BBC re pension: 40% of parents did not know when they would start a pension, for the same reason. And 25% said they expected to have to work after retiring from full-time jobs to supplement

  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/business/the_company_file/newsid_416000/416599.stmWork: A stressful business.65% believed stress was a major factor in ill health in their organisations.

  • http://cnnfn.com/1999/11/29/life/q_manners/ after many paragraphs avoiding this and framing this as a worker-versus-worker issue only, finally: Getting to the root // Workplace incivility originates from many of the same factors that cause rudeness in society at large. Stress is probably one of the biggest catalysts. Ironically, the same pressures making some workers less tolerant of rudeness may be making others more rude. "People are being asked to produce more with fewer resources. Any time you ask people to do that, you add stress," said Post. And that raises the likelihood of curt comments and bad tempers.// The problem is exacerbated by the fact that perpetrators of bad behavior are often in a more powerful position than those who have to put up with the behavior. // You have to "create a workplace in which unreasonably stressful demands are not placed upon workers. A less stressed worker is less likely to engage in confrontational encounters and uncivil behavior," said Forni.(CNNFN)

  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/education/specials/green_paper/newsid_541000/541369.stmTeachers seek working hours limit One of the main teachers' unions in England has toughened its demand for a limit on working hours, in the continuing tussle with ministers over performance-related pay. He said that annual appraisals of every teacher, as part of the new system which will link teachers' pay to children's exam results, threatened to become a "bureaucratic nightmare". // Stress // In addition, teachers would be able to volunteer for a separate assessment which could boost them over a new pay threshold, ensuring an immediate rise of up to #2,000 and access to a new pay scale, with salaries of up to #30,000 for the best classroom teachers. Simon Whitney, a teacher from Norfolk, said: "There are many teachers who would say to the government, you keep your 2,000 pounds. Just give me back my life. I want to be able to speak to my children." // Martin Johnson, a member of the union's national executive, said: "We have had enough ... of being reasonable. The result has been stress and disillusionment amongst teachers on an unprecedented scale. // "For their sake, and for the sake of the nation's young people who don't want to see teachers collapsing with exhaustion, we need decisive action to reduce the burden of excessive workload." // Mr de Gruchy urged members to recognise the potential in the new system for rewarding the majority of teachers who were good at their jobs.

  • http://news2.thls.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_623000/623341.stm" Over half of all working days lost to sickness in the UK are related to workplace stress,"

  • http://news2.thls.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/business/newsid_589000/589268.stmMonday, 3 January, 2000: Civil servants 'stressed out'

  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_484000/484938.stm Depression will be the second leading cause of death worldwide by 2020 and experts are seeking ways to reduce the burden.

  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/education/newsid_574000/574937.stm Failing schools damage staff health // A survey commissioned by the National Union of Teachers claims that nearly two thirds of staff in failing schools are suffering from stress as they are put under pressure to make rapid improvements.

  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/business/newsid_575000/575300.stm For dry humor: "They decided to create the service based on focus group research in which participants said that they lead hectic, busy lives. They saw immediate delivery services as a way to alleviate some of their busyness" and another "entrepreneurial idea" is born. "The services are only available so far in a few cities, like New York, Washington, and Los Angeles, but they are seen as the harbinger of a new phenomenon, as middle class people who are increasingly short of time. "