While we’re all familiar with Dolly Parton famously singing about the woes of the nine to five, the traditional weekly work schedule may actually be the healthiest one you can have, new research suggests.
The typical work week schedule of starting the day at 9 am and heading home at 5 pm is best when it comes to your health, according to a study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and published in Sleep Health, the journal of the National Sleep Foundation.
For the study, researchers used data collected from 1,593 participants between 2008 and 2012 for the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW.) The data included results from physical examinations which were used calculate the body mass index and determine obesity of the participants.
The found that those who work non-traditional shifts schedules were more likely to be overweight, and have health problems related to sleep and metabolism when compared to workers on a nine to five schedule.
Those who worked unusual shift hours were nearly 48 percent more likely to be overweight than traditional schedule workers at 35 percent. When it came to having sleep problems, 23 percent the shift workers reported experiencing insomnia in comparison to 16 percent of the nine to five workers.