Reported by Ryan Brennan
Many Americans struggle with their daily commute to and from work. It has become a dreaded chore that must be done in order to keep a job. Reportedly, millions of Americans have a commute to and from work that lasts around an hour. In addition to that, 600,000 more Americans struggle with a commute that lasts longer than 90 minutes.
As more studies are being developed targeting the effect a daily commute to and from work has on employees’ lives, more evidence is brought up that proves it can have negative effects. For example, a 2010 Gallup survey asked working Americans whether they have back or neck problems potentially caused from commuting to work. Out of the nearly 200,000 Americans who participated in the survey, roughly 33 percent of them answered ‘yes.’
Commuting to work can also negatively affect the quality of your sleep. Commuting will often make you feel exhausted and tired for most of the day and ultimately decrease the quality of your slumber. Another impact involves gaining weight. Studies have shown that people who commute to work will often make non-grocery purchases and buy less-nutritious foods. It will also decrease your intensity when working out, if you can even make it to the gym. This combination can lead to obesity.
Believe it or not, depression can also be triggered due to a long commute to and from work. Such people are often found feeling less happy and harder to satisfy. According to a report that was published in the Journal of Economic Psychology, longer commutes will not only lead to depression, but also anxiety and social isolation. This can highly affect your day to day life, as you find yourself not appreciating the important things in life.
Health levels can see some fluctuation due to commuting. Studies have shown that even a 10-mile commute to work can lead to increased blood sugar levels. When a person’s blood sugar levels rise, they become at risk of diabetes and other health issues.
A study was also done at the University of Utah that came to the conclusion that commuting to work can be very stressful. This will often cause your blood pressure to rise, which is a dangerous health risk. If these levels rise enough, you could be at risk of heart disease and/or a stroke.