We all want to life a wholesome, happy life for many years to come, so we exercise – or, at least, try to, eat healthy and try to get eight hours of sleep each night. But there are many more things we do that can shorten our lifespan and this is not about smoking.
In fact, because we know smoking, using the computer too long and eating junk food can make us sick, we do try to avoid them. The most dangerous things are those we don’t know can harm us.
Here are the most unexpected habits which can take years from your lifespan.
Not Taking Care of Your Teeth
Each time we suffer from tooth pain we rush to the dentist’s office, but we never think that bad dental hygiene can lead to more severe health problems. According to the dentist, poor dental health can lead to gum disease, which can lead to cardiovascular disease.
Studies conducted in dental care clinics showed the blood of patients who suffered from cardiovascular disease had more bacteria than the one of healthy people. Your mouth is the entryway for food, as well as bacteria.
Moreover, we have tiny injuries in the mouth all the time, leaving bacteria free to enter our system. Regular brushing and flossing, as well as annual or twice a year dental check-ups help you stay healthy, lowering the risk of developing cardiovascular disease or infections.
Not Working (Not Having a Job)
We always complain about having to go to work, but not working is linked to premature death. The cause for this strange connection is due to affording medical care and having a purpose. Unemployed people suffer from higher levels of stress and are prone to develop anxiety.
Because lack of social interaction and isolation also has a strong negative effect on the human body, being unemployed can actually shorten your lifespan.
Having a Long Daily Commute
Your job might give you a life purpose and allow you to afford better healthcare, but if you have a long commute, these positive effects can be deleted. Sitting in the car, train or other mean of transportation for a long time increases stress, leading to premature death, on the long term.
To avoid the effects of a long commute you can try to bike to work or change how you travel from time to time. Spending more time outdoors and exercising can also help.
Also, you can try suggesting a workplace wellness program to your employer to exercise at work a bit.
Keeping a Hectic Schedule
From the entire list, this is probably the least unexpected thing. Having an inconsistent schedule has been linked to shorter lifespan. People who go to bed and wake up at different times every day can suffer circadian rhythm disruptions, which increases the risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity.
A hectic schedule can also lower your overall productivity, which might increase your stress level.
Overusing Hand Sanitizer
If you are addicted to hand sanitizer you might be in trouble.
Too much hand sanitizer can remove the general bacteria from your hands, leaving the road open for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can lead to many severe health conditions.