Women may claim more on their private health insurance as they are more stressed out than men on account of their daily commute, says a study.
Professor Jennifer Roberts at the University of Sheffield has authored an article published in the Journal of Health Economics that says the daily effect of travelling to and from work has a negative impact on the mental health of women.
Earlier this month, Neil Shah, director of the Stress Management Society, warned that long-term stress can lead to health problems in the system, growth and reproductive systems.
Professor Roberts added that men did not seem so badly impacted upon by the daily train or car journey. She said that the results could mean that females had more jobs to think about outside work, such as childcare and housework, which are being held up because of the commute.
"Time constraints and the reduced flexibility that comes with daily travel, makes commuting stressful in a way that it wouldn't be otherwise," she said.