Everybody loves to stay free and enjoy the time without working the whole 5 working days. Even a single day without work will be merry for everybody. But if you really want to show a reason for your superiors to stay without working, scientists have found out some mind-blowing facts at least if you are over the age of 40.

Melbourne Institute Worker Paper published a report declaring that the people who are over 40 years of age will be at the peak of their productivity when they work three days a week or less.

According to the report the research was done on 3,000 male and 3,500 female participants. During the study, the scientist asked the participants to complete some cognitive tests and monitored their habits, memory, executive reasoning and abstract reasoning while they were doing the exercise.

The cognitive tests were done while asking questions from participants such as to read text backward, read words aloud and match numbers and letters under a limited given time. As per HuffPost, the participants’ cognitive performance improved as the researchers extend their working hours up to 25 hours. But after reaching the highest level at working hour 25th, both male and female participants’ performance began to decrease drastically.

HuffPost stated that remarkably the participants’ who were given duties with working 55 hours a week showed cognitive results that were even worse than those who were retired and unemployed.

Keio University professor and co-author of the study, Prof. Colin McKenzie stated “Many countries are going to raise their retirement ages by delaying the age at which people are eligible to start receiving pension benefits. This means that more people continue to work in the later stages of their life,” and “The degree of intellectual stimulation may depend on working hours. Work can be a double-edged sword, in that it can stimulate brain activity, but at the same time long working hours can cause fatigue and stress, which potentially damage cognitive functions.” to the Times Newspaper.

Professor McKenzie confirmed their research and mentioned that the “differences in working hours are important for maintaining cognitive functioning in middle-aged and elderly adults” and that working part-time can “be effective in maintaining cognitive ability.”

So mind your health. Stop working so hard and spend time enjoining yourself with your loved ones in your spare time.

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