Are you Sleeping More than Required? Beware!

Harms if over sleepingExcess of everything is bad. Just like ike excessive lack of sleep can take a toll on your health and can cause many problems, similarly, spending excess amount of time in bed is equally dangerous and has associations with a host of medical problems, including diabetes, heart disease and increased risk of death.

On the other end, oversleeping can be caused by a underlying medical condition and may indicate immediate interventions.

How Much is too Much? 

Need of sleep decreases with age. As per statistics of National Sleep Foundation  whereas a new born baby needs 15-17 hours  of  daily sleep, 7-9 hours sleep is normal and healthy for most adults between 18 and 64 years of age. Over nine hours in bed is considered an excessive or long amount of sleep for adults. Once in a while, specially during weekends, if you put off  your alarm to sleep more,  its ok, this is not going to harm you anyway. But habitually on routine basis, snoozing off for longer duration can have nasty side effects.

Hypersomnia makes people to sleep longtime at night.

Causes of Oversleeping

  • Thyroid issues
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression and Stress
  • Narcolepsy
  • Certain medications
  • Substance abuse- Alcohol
  • Idiopathic – no obvious reasons
  • Habitual oversleepers – Rare cause
  • Excessive fatigue and lack of sleep
  • Lack of motivation

 Complications of Excessive Sleep

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  • Cognitive impairment: memory problems , anxiety
  • Low energy levels
  • Depression
  • Increased inflammation
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Impaired fertility
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Higher Death rates

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