In today’s fast-paced business world, if you want to get ahead you are expected to work longer hours, skip lunch and generally prioritise your job above all else. Now we all know this isn’t great for our health, but did you know it could actually be at the root (no pun intended) of your hair loss?
Cause of hair loss: longer hours mean fewer follicles
According to a study carried out by a research team in Korea, there is a direct and significant correlation between the number of hours you put in at the office and the number of hairs on your head – and not in a good way.
The study, which has been published in the journal Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, was conducted over a period of four years, looked at the rate of hair loss in over 13,000 employed men in South Korea, between the ages of 20 and 59.
The findings were quite alarming: men in their 20s and 30s working 52 hours a week or more lost their hair faster than those working a standard 9-5, with incidence of alopecia increasing by two per cent amongst those working a “normal” 40-hour week, three per cent for men who work between 40 and 52 hours per week (classified in the study as “long”) and almost four per cent in those working 52 or more hours (“longer”).
And it looks like it really is those extra hours at the office that do the damage – the study took into account other lifestyle factors and marital status.
Why is longer working hours a cause of hair loss?
Stress is a known cause of hair loss, and the scientists behind the study think that a lethal combination of more time at the office and less time for self-care is what causes the follicles to die off.
Kyung-Hun Son, Of SungKyunKwan University in Seoul, who led the research team, said:
“The results of this study demonstrate that long working hours are significantly associated with the increased development of alopecia in male workers.
Furthermore, the strength of association has increased linearly as work time got longer…
Preventative interventions to promote appropriate and reasonable working hours are required in our society.”
So next time you’re thinking of putting in a bit of overtime, take a moment to consider the effect it could have on your hairline, and ask yourself: Is it really worth it? For advice on hair loss, contact us on 0121 312 2999 to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts.