Agreed, the duties of a man can sometimes be overwhelming. This is especially true for a married man who has one or two kids. You know, you have to feed the family, pay school fees, settle electricity and security bills, take care of clothing, pay house rent, change faulty wire-works, recharge TV decoders, take care of in-laws, meet contingency needs, take care of yourself, and  the list, as usual, is endless.

The pressure is especially more exerting in a clime like ours where it is an acceptable belief  that the man should shoulder majority of the responsibilities of the family. This is not to say women or wives do not perform financial roles in their families. In fact, some are bread-winners. But the belief  that it is the  husband’s responsibility to shoulder the financial demands is still very prevalent in our very society.

In order to make up for these, most men overwork themselves. You know, some men combine more than one job at a time, so they don’t falter in  their responsibilities.

For some, it is not about combining more than one job; it could be working two, three, four, or more hours after the normal hours of their jobs. And although, it is not a bad idea to sometimes work beyond the normal hours of one’s job to settle certain issues or crises, but when it becomes a routine or habit, then it becomes unhealthy.

In this article, we’ll discuss  the dangers of overworking.


-Sleep Debt-

One area of our life that is affected by overworking is sleep..Getting a good sleep is an indispensable part of our existence. So, aside from the fact that sleeping makes  our mood better, it also helps to improve our memory, increases our sense of creativity, lowers stress, and helps stay clear of depression.

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But when we overwork, we tend to have less hours to commit to sleeping. The resultant effect is what is known as sleep debt. When our sleep debt accumulates over a period, it increases the chances of obesity, heart diseases, stroke, and diabetes.


-Poor Food Habits-

Because when we overwork, we tend to have less time to consume healthy, balanced meals, fast foods like burger, pizza, sharwama, meat pie, donut, etc are readily relied upon.  In my article on why fast foods are unhealthy,I mentioned that:

Obesity occurs because fast foods contain excess sugar and carbohydrates that give the body way over its daily needs of calories—guess what follows? Excess calories are accumulated in the body, leading to obesity!

Besides, fast foods are also rich in sodium (salt), which leads to accumulation of water in the body, and this makes us feel bloated. And in the long run, it leads to obesity.

Also, most people who overwork themselves tend to depend heavily on caffeine to survive the pressure.


-Heart Diseases-

Overworking ourselves can also increase our susceptibility to heart diseases and heart related problems. Examples of heart-related diseases include heart attack, angina, a condition caused by low blood supply to the heart, etc. It therefore means that overworking can result in death or heart failure.

 -Reduced Productivity-

Contrary to popular  belief, overworking reduces productivity. When we overwork, we get stressed up, and this ultimately reduces creativity or productivity.

Although when we overwork, output might be increased, quality does not. One thing needs to be clear; increase in output is not the same as increase in quality. So, overworking ourselves is not the ideal thing.

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This point builds up from the previous.  Overworking brings tiredness and stress which also translate to lot of errors. Because the brain is exhausted, mistakes are common.

And mistakes are impediments when your target is increased  productivity, or improved quality of service.

The five points mentioned above are just a few of numerous negative impacts of overworking on humans.

So, although we have debts to cover, bills to pay, and responsibilities to shoulder, this  should not make us overwork ourselves.

After all, it is only the living that can continue to work.


Solomon  Oladipupo