Sleep apnea is a common disorder that will cause a person to wake up 100-300 times per night due to blockage of the airway. The soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses, blocking the airway. Normal sleep will resume, but usually after a person exerts a loud snort, or choking sound. This disorder is one of the leading causes for daytime sleepiness. When airways are cut off or even constricted, a person will fall out of a deep sleep and into a lighter one. The deeper a sleep, the better quality it is for the person.
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.