Sleep is an important part of one’s daily cycle, allowing the body to shut down and recover from what it has endured throughout the day. Experts recommend the average adult sleeps seven to nine hours per night, as too little or too much sleep can actually be harmful to your body. Oversleeping has been linked to a host of medical illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and increased risk of death.
Oversleeping has also been linked to depression and low socioeconomic status. When a person is sick, the body feels fatigued throughout the day. People with low socioeconomic status may not have healthcare and some illnesses may go undiagnosed.
People with hypersomnia, a medical disorder causing a person to oversleep, suffer from extreme sleepiness throughout the day. It also causes them to sleep for an unusually long time at night. Many people with hypersomnia experience anxiety, lack of energy, and memory problems as a result of their nearly constant need for sleep.
Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes people to briefly stop breathing several times throughout the night, is also attributed to over sleeping because it disrupts the normal sleep cycle.
There are other factors attributed to oversleeping that are not medical conditions. Some may be due to the amount of exercise or activities a person has done on a given day. Other causes can be due to drugs and alcohol, which can impede a person’s nightly sleep cycle.
Some people just enjoy sleeping and never want to leave their bed until it is impossible to sleep further. No matter what category you fall into, sleeping too much or too little can impact your health.
A study found that people who sleep less than five hours or over nine hours of sleep had a 50% greater risk of diabetes then those who slept seven hours. Sleep is crucial for the body to repair itself, yet too much sleep can have inverse effects. Headaches, back pain, depression, heart disease and even death have been linked to oversleeping. Although insomnia is more commonly linked to depression than oversleeping, about 15% of people diagnosed with depression sleep too much. This can actually make the depression worse or more severe. Regular sleep habits are important to the recovery process of medical ailments and injuries. Multiple studies have found that people who sleep nine or more hours a night have significantly higher death rates than people sleeping seven to eight hours a night.
Sleep is great, but too much of a good thing can be harmful.