Is It Possible to Get Too Much Sleep?

Written by Dr Sandra Miranda, ND
When the weekend rolls around, you will hear people talk about how they plan to sleep in since they did not get enough sleep during the week. There isn’t anything wrong with wanting a little extra sleep after a busy week.
There is nothing wrong with it as long as you do not overdo it. Once sleep is lost, you can never bank enough hours to cover that deficit. Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on your body.
A lack of the proper amount of sleep can cause you to develop heart problems and can cause your metabolism to slow down. It also leads to trouble concentrating and trouble dealing with stress.
But on the other hand, getting too much sleep can also have adverse effects on your health. On average, you need and should aim to get between 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Some studies have shown than regularly sleeping for more than 8 hours can lead to putting on weight, developing type 2 diabetes and more.
Sleeping too much can also cause some side effects. You may wake up groggy and remain drowsy throughout the day. With too much sleep, you will experience fatigue brought on by sleeping and the inactivity of resting.
This can cause you to crave even more sleep. It is almost like an addiction because you are training your body to need more. You can also experience a sleep headache and a general sense of not feeling.
Sometimes, sleeping too much can be indicative of a deeper problem. You might have an undiagnosed health problem that makes you feel constant fatigue and causes you to crave more sleep.
You might also be sleeping too much to put off dealing with the things that drain you emotionally. It can be a sign that you are experiencing depression. The old adage that you will wake up once your body has had adequate sleep isn’t true. Sleep feels good – and it is easy to sleep for 10 hours or longer unless you set an alarm.
There are ways that you can avoid getting too much sleep. Schedule an alarm if you find that you do sleep too much without one. Don’t change the time that you get up – even on the weekends.
If you feel like there is no reason to get up because you have nothing going on, then set up a to-do list. Include fun activities, chores and special outings. If you consistently sleep too much because of insomnia, then talk to your naturopathic doctor who can help you address the root cause of your problem.

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