If you have a poor work-life balance in your midlife, you are more likely to suffer poor health and wellbeing in later years, a study has found. According to the research, poor work-life balance during midlife may affect health decades later.

This research was published in Age & Ageing. It found that the businessmen who worked more than 50 hours a week and slept less than 47 hours a week in midlife had poorer scores for physical functioning, vitality and general health in older age as compared to those with normal work and sleep patterns.

Even if midlife smoking and other unrelated health issues are taken into account, the negative effect upon physical functioning remains significant.