WOMEN in Wrexham clock up marginally shorter working hours than the Welsh average.
Statistics compiled by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), reveal that women in the county spend approximately 37.1 hours per week in the workplace - 20 minutes less than the Welsh average of 37.4
The figures were taken from the 2004 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings from the Office of National Statistics, and are the basis of a new report written by the CSP, where health chiefs claim they have seen an increasing number of female patients, of working age, falling victim to what American doctors call the 'hurried women syndrome'.
The condition is characterised by chronic stress and exhaustion.
Physiotherapists say juggling a spouse, children, relatives, friends and a boss has become the norm. But they fear this type of hectic lifestyle can put your physical and mental health at great risk.
Full-time female employees in Ceredigion work the longest hours in Wales, with an average of 39.2 hours per week, whereas women in Neath Port Talbot work the shortest average hours clocking up 35 hours per week.
Ann Mayne, from the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health, said: 'If women are not careful, struggling to manage a busy work and home life can take its toll on their mental and physical health. Hurried women need to be able to spot the signs and take action. '
The CSP is advising women to manage a hectic home and work life by prioritising and delegating tasks, enlisting the help of a partner or relative, putting themselves first and finding time to relax.
Eating well is important combined with exercise to maintain energy levels.