In 2016, a study was published in the Melbourne Institute Worker Paper. Experts have studied the effect of working hours on cognitive abilities.
Researchers at the University of Melbourne have discovered a relationship between age and people’s productivity.
People over 40 reach their highest level of productivity when they work just three days a week.
For this study, 2,960 Australian men and 3,500 women underwent a series of cognitive tests.
They were asked to read a text aloud, read it backwards and match numbers and letters within a given time limit.
According to the researchers, these tests would help them measure the participants’ memory and logical ability.
The scientists found that when volunteers over the age of 40 worked up to 30 hours per week, they experienced a positive effect on their cognitive function.
But when their working hours exceeded this limit, there was a negative influence on their cognition, and participants felt more tired and stressed.
According to the experts, their study results show that for people middle-aged and older, too much work can have negative effects on cognitive functioning.
But it should be noted that although many people prefer leisure, there are those who during the period of their active life cannot bear not to work.
Therefore, they do not consider the distribution of work and leisure time in the same way.