Excess of everything is bad; be it eating, drinking, thinking, working or sleeping.
Yes you might have got shocked reading ‘sleeping’.
Excessive lack of sleep can take a toll on your health causing many health-related problems. On the other end, spending excess amount of time in bed is equally dangerous as it also associated with a host of medical problems; diabetes, heart disease or increased risk of death. Oversleeping can be caused by an underlying medical condition and may indicate immediate interventions.
How Much is too Much?
Need of sleep decreases with age. As per the statistics of National Sleep Foundation a newly 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 9 hours in bed is considered an excessive or long amount of sleep for adults.
It’s ok to sleep extra once in a while, especially during weekends. And, sometimes if you put off your alarm to sleep more, its ok as it’s 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.
11 Main Causes of Oversleeping
- Thyroid issues
- Heart disease
- Sleep apnea
- Depression and Stress
- Certain medications
- Substance abuse- Alcohol
- Idiopathic – no obvious reasons
- Habitual oversleepers – Rare cause
- Excessive fatigue and lack of sleep
- Lack of motivation
12 Complications of Excessive Sleep
- Cognitive impairment:memory problems, anxiety
- Low energy levels
- Increased inflammation
- Back pain
- Impaired fertility
- Heart disease
- Higher Death rates