Oversleeping is Bad for your Health

Posted on Monday Jul 9, 2012

Have you ever heard that too much of anything is a bad thing? Well this may not be true about money, time and family but for sleep it is spot on. A good night’s sleep is key to staying in good health. However, did you know over sleeping has been linked to a lot of medical problems, including diabetes, heart disease and even an increased risk of death according to WebMD.

People who over sleep usually have one of two things in common; one depression, those who are depressed are much more likely to oversleep than those who are not. The next factor in oversleeping has to be a person’s socioeconomic status. If you are less fortunate you have a greater risk of oversleeping more. This also can be associated with lack of access to healthcare and medicine. The amount of sleep varies among all ages but one thing is true accosted the board, sleep is good for everyone. Your age, health and active level all determine your need for sleep. When you are stressed or sick you actually sleep more. Sleep experts across the board say that 7-9 hours of sleep per night is healthy for the average adult.

For those people who sleep too much or more than 9 hours per night medical professionals have classified this as a sleeping disorder. The condition causes people to suffer from extreme sleepiness throughout the day, which is not usually relieved by napping. It also causes them to sleep for unusually long periods of time at night. Many people with hypersomnia experience symptoms of anxiety, low energy, and memory problems as a result of their almost constant need for sleep according to Health.com The sleeping disorder sleep apnea is a disorder that causes people to stop breathing momentarily during sleep. This can also lead to an increased need for sleep. That’s because it disrupts the normal sleep cycle. 

If you occasionally oversleep this does not automatically mean you have a sleeping disorder. Some people really do just enjoy sleeping for long periods of time. The use of alcohol and some medications can also lead a person to sleep more. There are many medical problems that have been linked in some way to oversleeping. Diabetes, obesity, headaches, back pain, depression, and even heart disease all show increases in those individuals who experience excessive over sleeping. In a study of almost 9,000 Americans, researchers found a relationship between sleep and the risk of diabetes. People who slept more than nine hours each night had a 50% greater risk of diabetes than people who slept seven hours per night according to diabetes.org

Sleeping a lot also can increase your likelihood of being overweight. If you sleep nine to ten hours per night you are 25% more likely to be over weight than those people who sleep seven to nine hours. When calorie intake stays the same and sleeping increases the body starts to store fat because it can’t burn all of the energy the body takes in.

Back pain is one of the most common health problems in the world today. It’s estimated that up to 80% of Americans will experience back pain in their lives. In some studies this percentage is even higher. Years ago doctors would recommend those people who had back pain to sleep more. Now doctors explain that you need to have a good quality mattress and no more than seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

Depression is one of the most common links with oversleeping. However, did you know that insomnia is more commonly linked to depression than oversleeping. 20% of people with depression sleep too much. Heart disease is actually more common than depression in oversleeping. A study found that those who sleep more than 11 hours per night were 40% more likely to have heart disease. This being said research has not yet determined or found a link between oversleeping and heart disease.

Good sleep hygiene will help you stay regular in your sleep schedule. Professionals say that keeping the same bedtimes and wake times every day can help you keep a regular sleep cycle. They also recommend avoiding caffeine, food and alcohol before bed. Exercising regularly and making your bedroom a comfortable environment that’s conducive to sleep will help you get the amount of sleep you need. If you are sleeping more than nine hours per night on regular bases you should see a doctor and seek help.   Share with us on Facebook or Twitter your thoughts on over sleeping. Thank you for helping the Mattress Review Guru The best mattress reviews of all the top brands.

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