Study shows we're more stressed at home than at work

New research into the stress levels of men and women has produced results which go against the common perception that we're our most stressed when at work.

According to the study, published in the Journal of Science and Medicine, both men and women who balance family life with their career find life at home to be more stressful than their working environments. Female participants were even found to be happier at work, while men were moderately happier to be at home, reports counselling-directory.org.uk.

The level of cortisol, a stress hormone, was examined in participants' saliva swipes from five points throughout each day. Beepers were also worn so that researchers could be updated on their moods.

Sarah Damaske, an author of the report and a sociologist and women's studies professor at Penn State University, told washingtonpost.com that the results are "mind-blowing" as the majority of people would cite work as their major stress source.

"I don't think it's that home is stressful. When you're home on Saturday, you're not working. You go to the park, catch up on laundry. The day goes at a slower pace," she said. "I think it's the combination of the two, work and home, that makes home feel so stressful to people during the work week."

Elevated levels of stress hormones like cortisol have been linked to many conditions and diseases including high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer.