7+ dangers of too much sleep
It would make sense that the more sleep you get, the more energized you feel in the morning. According to research, a good night’s sleep of seven to nine hours is beneficial, but too much sleep may be related to several health problems. Hypersomnia is a medical disorder that occurs when a person sleeps too much or is excessively tired during the day – a tiredness napping doesn’t relieve.
It’s normal to want to sleep if you are ill, are recovering from a health issue or have worked extra shifts, but oversleeping has been linked to depression and low socieconomic status – both of which can result in health problems.
Sleepiness after a rough night or a stressful day is fine, but feeling tired throughout the day, every day – even after a full night’s sleep – may be a sign you are sleeping too much.
Confusion and memory loss may be symptoms of hypersomnia. They also are symptoms of other health issues, so keep a log of how much you actually sleep to help your doctor determine if there is a correlation.
Both too much sleep or too little sleep can result in a higher risk of developing medical problems that could lead to diabetes, according to WebMD.
Weight gain can take place if people sleep too much. Even when accounting for levels of exercise and food consumption, the association remains. According to WebMD, a study showed 21 percent of participants who slept nine to 10 hours per night gained significant weight over a six-year period.
People who tend to get headaches regularly may find their headaches increase in frequency on those mornings after they choose to sleep in. Oversleeping can affect some neurotransmitters, including serotonin.
Routine sleep habits may help with easing depression, so oversleeping could make depression worse. Although insomnia often is linked to depression, approximately 15 percent of those with depression oversleep. This oversleeping may worsen the depression.
Increased back pain
For those with existing back pain, spending extra time in bed may lead to worse pain. Not moving around because you are asleep can exacerbate the problem.
Although no cause has been identified, there is a correlation between women who sleep too much and increased risk of heart disease. One health study with more than 70,000 participants showed that women who slept up to 11 hours per night versus an average of eight hours were 38 percent more likely to develop coronary heart disease.