New Study Proves Why You Should Work Only Three Days A Week after Forty

Once you reach forty, you may find that you aren’t able to focus as well as before. Your memory too may not be as sharp. While there are several thousand people who being forty hardly makes a difference in terms of health and mental faculties, the general perception is that reaching middle age requires you to slow things down.

A new study out of Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research has proved why you should work less after forty. It found that working thirty hours a week benefits cognitive function when you’re forty but if you work longer than that it could take a toll on one’s performance.


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1 The test of knowing and thinking

Those who work 55 hours a week displayed an increased level of cognitive decline than those who did not work, were retired or were unemployed. 3500 females and 3000 male volunteers all above forty took part in the study. The performance of the subjects was being monitored while they did various cognitive tasks.

The test that was given to the participants was called household Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia. It measured how people were able to read words aloud, match letters and numbers in speed trials. They were also made to recite number lists. The test author Professor Colin McKenzie of the University of Melbourne said that knowing and thinking were important indicators of the level of cognitive function in people. Knowing constituted an element of ability while thinking comprised memory, abstract and executive reasoning.

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