by Art Piccio . December 2nd, 2014
Regardless of the reasons entrepreneurs have for working long hours, health problems are invariably likely to follow.
Not surprising entrepreneur health in general is very poor by most standards. It’s not easy to find committed entrepreneurs that can get a solid eight hours of sleep and eat a balanced diet. Poor exercise habits and substance abuse issues also contribute to the overall ill-health many entrepreneurs and other workaholics face.
The drop in productivity invariably happens way before you’re dead. If you’ve got unhealthy habits, chances are you’re getting much less work done than you might actually think. Multiple studies show that people who don’t get enough sleep, have poor diets and exercise, and are smokers are statistically less productive and incur more in medical expenses – something that should pretty much be obvious to anyone with those habits.
Speaking of medical expenses, the state of health care coverage in the United States is still such that health insurance premiums are among the highest in the world, with the general quality of US health care coming in at 37th, according to the latest World Health Organization report. Granted, that study is skewed towards countries with socialized health care – if one has money you can get excellent health care in the US. Unfortunately, most new entrepreneurs simply don’t have the resources to get decent health coverage.
Another health problem facing workaholic entrepreneurs- especially younger ones – is the tendency of many to play as hard as they work. A lot of us take a few drinks (or whatever) to unwind after working long and hard on something, myself included.
But the line separating recreation and abuse can be blurred. Alcohol and stimulant abuse is more prevalent among workaholics, and while most will probably get by just fine (at least in the short term), not everyone will be so lucky.
Given the enormous health risks involved with typical entrepreneur health habits, and the bigger long-term pay-offs and relatively low costs involved in keeping healthy – the choice should be clear.
Keeping healthy is nothing more than working smart. Not only will you feel better, you’ll make better decisions and stay in the game much longer.
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Arthur Piccio manages YouTheEntrepreneur and has managed content for major players in the online printing industry. He was previously BizSugar's contributor of the week. His work has appeared multiple times on The New York Times' You're the Boss Small Business Blog. He enjoys guitar maintenance and reading up on history and psychology in his spare time.