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Medical News and Perspectives
July 7, 2004

Impact of Long Working Hours Explored

JAMA. 2004;292(1):25-26. doi:10.1001/jama.292.1.25

Baltimore—Americans spend more time on the job than workers in most of Western Europe, Japan, and nearly everywhere else in the world, except for Thailand, Hong Kong, and South Korea, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports. Long commutes add hours and stress to the work day, which for some workers starts as early as 6 AM. Of 113 million US workers who labor 35 or more hours per week at paid jobs, 1 in 6 works mostly in the evening, at night, or on a rotating or irregular schedule.