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Working for 2 Firms? Beware, Your Heart, Brain are at Risk Docs Say ‘Moonlighting’ Can Land You in Hosp

Do you know, ‘Moonlighting’ at your job can not only pose risk to your employment, but may also cause brain and heart-related ailments? Doctors in Hyderabad- a key IT and ITes destination in the country- have warned technology professionals against working for more than one company, as the overwork and stress due to ‘Moonlighting’ may lead to brain stroke or heart attack.

Doctors said that post Covid-19 pandemic, hospitals are receiving more and more patients with complaints and ailments which are believed to be the side effects of moonlighting.

What is Moonlighting?

The word ‘Moonlighting’ has been used and heard across India a lot in recent months.

Broadly, moonlighting is working for a business of the same niche while being a permanent employee of another. Post the Covid pandemic, the practice gained momentum due to remote working and reduced job security.

Many multinational companies have passed policy diktats over this issue, and quite a few people have possibly lost their jobs in the process. While the jury is out to decide whether moonlighting is ethically and morally right, what was not spoken about much was its side effects.

Doctors’ Caution Against Moonlighting

Doctors from Hyderabad, who have treated many patients who suffered brain and heart-related ailments, warned IT professionals against working more than one job, as hospitals in Hyderabad have now started receiving more and more patients with complaints and ailments which are believed to be the side-effects of moonlighting.

“We are a rehabilitation facility where we help patients who have suffered a brain stroke or heart attack or underwent some surgical procedure to recover. Over the past six months, we have received patients from various hospitals in the city who needed recovery after suffering a brain stroke or heart attack,” said Vijay Bathina, Director and Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, at Uchchvas Transitionalcare.

The doctor noted that the most common factor among all patients was that they were all IT professionals, they all were doing more than one job, they all worked for more than 60 hours a week, and were working late into the night.

“These three common factors indicate that moonlighting, which is a growing phenomenon among the new generation professionals, has started impacting their health,” he said.

Bathina explained that working for more than 60 hours a week will have an adverse impact on the health of a person and will also reduce the quality of work.

“It is important that professionals understand the fact that every individual has limitations to his/her physical ability. Adding more work hours will result in sleep deprivation, which will result in mental health complications like increased stress and decrease in cognitive performance. Hence, it is very important that professionals understand how much physical and mental strain they can take. Else, the body could give up suddenly, causing severe health complications,” he added.

‘Moonlighting Causes Stress & Anxiety’

Further, highlighting certain key reasons why moonlighting is injurious to health, Dr Manoj Vasireddy, neurologist at Amor Hospitals, said that when a human body is put under stress, it releases cortisol and adrenaline hormones, which further lead to anxiety and depression.

“Anxiety and Depression are two major causes of mental health disorders. Sustained anxiety or depression is likely to cause high blood pressure which will have a direct impact on the heart,” he said.

According to Dr Vasireddy, it is very important that IT professionals who sit in front of a computer for long hours know how to balance their life with work.

“The more an individual works, the more she/he needs rest to recover and rejuvenate from day-to-day stress. Professionals working for long hours must also do some exercise to stay both physically and mentally fit,” he added.

Doctors Warn Against Working for Long Hours

Shivaram Rao Komandla, consultant neurophysician, Yashoda Hospitals, said, “Working for long hours or engaging in physically or mentally demanding work can lead to chronic stress, which can contribute to a range of health issues, including neurological problems. Chronic stress has been linked to changes in the brain that can increase the risk of developing anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.

“It can also cause physical changes in the brain, such as reduced volume in the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for decision-making, planning, and impulse control. Also, chronic stress can contribute to the development of hypertension, which is a major risk factor for stroke. It’s important to prioritise self-care and manage stress when doing multiple jobs. This can include taking breaks, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in stress-reducing activities such as exercise or meditation.”

(With IANS inputs)

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