Your body must have slept in order to function well. Without the proper amount of sleep, the effects will show up in your muscles, tissues and organs. Knowing how much it helps your body, you’d think that getting more sleep is a good thing.
Medical studies have documented the effects of sleeping too much and the risks are serious. One of the ways that getting more sleep than your body needs affects your health is by causing problems with your heart.
If you get more than seven hours of sleep at night, you significantly raise your risk of developing some type of cardiovascular disease. Oversleeping also raises your risk of developing high blood pressure.
How Much Sleep is Normal?
At different points in your life and development, your needs will vary. Generally speaking, though, healthy adults need between 7 and 9 hours a night, sources say. “Too much sleep” could therefore be defined as sleep amounts that exceed 9 or 10 hours in a 24-hour period.
Why Do Some People Sleep Too Much?
There are many reasons that cause people to sleep too much. One of these reasons is insomnia. Insomnia can be short term or long term. It can be episodic – such as the kind of insomnia that comes from an emotional upheaval like a job loss, a relationship ending or a death in the family.
For others, sleeping for long hours is simply something they enjoy, perhaps to catch up on the weekends after a week of little sleep.
Depression is also a condition that is associated with an increased need or desire to sleep. Sufferers of depression sometimes find it hard just to get out of bed.
The Effect of Sleeping Too Much Sleep Be Harmful?
According to several studies and sources, the answer to this question is yes. Getting too much sleep may result in the following:
- Increased mortality, or earlier death than those who get normal amounts of sleep. Studies have shown that people who sleep too much die sooner than normal sleepers.
- A greater risk of stroke has been observed in those who get too much sleep.
- Another side effect of oversleeping is obesity. Those who get too much sleep have almost a 1 in 4 chance of gaining weight to the point that it reaches obesity. When you get too much sleep, rather than feel rested, it has the opposite effect.
- Pain in various areas of the body is also common when you get too much sleep. Shoulder pain and lower back pain seem to be the two most often affected areas. When you oversleep, you can cause your muscles to develop muscle fatigue.
- Studies have shown that those who sleep too much are at greater risk for developing diabetes.
How Can You Know Sleep Schedule Matters?
Because sleep needs vary among individuals, it can be challenging to discern whether or you are suffering from too little or too much sleep.
Many people don’t give a lot of thought to their sleep schedule. They simply figure that if they lose sleep one day, they’ll just make up for it later. You can’t bank sleep or make up for it.
So when you try to fix the issue of not getting enough sleep by getting too much sleep (like on the weekends), you’re actually doing more damage to your body than you are good.
Here Are Suggestions That may help.
- Keep a sleep diary, noting what time you go to sleep and what time you awaken, and how you feel during the day. Note times you feel sleepy and times you feel energetic, and look for connections.
- It’s said that humans are biologically wired to feel less alert in the middle of the afternoon and in the middle of the night, so if you find yourself sleepy at these times there may not be a problem with your sleep patterns.
- Are you overweight? If you find that you can’t keep weight off no matter how much you exercise or diet, it’s possible that too much sleep is the culprit.
- How much do you rely on caffeine?