Science determines the perfect work week

By Troy Frisby, Buzz60

Science may have just determined the perfect work week and no, it's not that week you went to Punta Cana.

New research out of Australian National University suggests the perfect work week is 39 hours.

Which is good news if you, like Dolly Parton, are working 9 to 5, and bad news if your so-called 9 to 5 is really an 8 to 6.

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Like many Americans, considering USA Today reports, we generally work about 47 hours per week.

The study looked at data from roughly 8,000 Australian adults.

Researchers found 34 hours was the healthy weekly work limit for women, compared to up to 47 hours for men.

The lead researcher from ANU's Research School of Population Health explained: "given the extra demands placed on women, it's impossible for women to work long hours often expected by employers unless they compromise their health."

So don't get it twisted. Women aren't spending those extra hours meditating and watching Buffy reruns.

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