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Peo­ple with shorter va­ca­tions worked more and slept lesser than those who took longer va­ca­tions, which took a toll on their health and af­fected their life span. Com­pared with those who took more than three weeks, men who took three weeks or less an­nual leave from their reg­u­lar work schedule were found to be 37 per cent more likely to die early, the study showed. “Don’t think hav­ing an oth­er­wise healthy lifestyle will com­pen­sate for work­ing too hard and not tak­ing hol­i­days,” said Timo Strand­berg, pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Helsinki in Fin­land. “Va­ca­tions can be a good way to re­lieve stress,” he added. The study, pre­sented at the an­nual con­fer­ence of the Euro­pean So­ci­ety of Car­di­ol­ogy in Ger­many, in­cluded 1,222 mid­dle-aged male ex­ec­u­tives, and were ran­domised into a con­trol group or an in­ter­ven­tion group. Shorter va­ca­tions were associated with ex­cess deaths in the in­ter­ven­tion group. Va­ca­tion time had no im­pact on risk of death in the con­trol group.

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