Can You Get Too Much Sleep?
Achieving a good night’s sleep is critical for maintaining good health, but is it possible to get too much sleep? While spending your entire weekend sleeping may be a rite of passage to you that helps you “catch-up” on missed sleep, there are many reasons you may be doing more harm than good. In this article, we will look at some of the problems associated with oversleeping and the negative health effects that can be associated with this practice.
How Much Sleep Is Too Much?
Before we explain the problems associated with getting too much sleep, it is important to quantify exactly what that means. The proper amount of sleep for your unique needs is heavily dependent on your age and activity level, as referenced one of our previous blogs. As a healthy adult, too much sleep will typically be defined as achieving anything over 8 to 9 hours daily.
How Is This Bad?
While sleeping too much can be attributed to certain medical conditions like depression and hypersomnia, some people just love to sleep. For most people, oversleeping tends to make them wake up groggy or unwell. But what you may not know is that there are many different medical problems that have been linked to getting too much sleep. Some of them include:
- Chronic Back Pain
If you are sleeping more than your recommended 8 hours a night, there is a chance that you may have an underlying medical condition that is making your sleeping patterns irregular. In this situation, it is important to seek the help of a medical professional to ensure no other problems are occurring. However, the use of alcohol, prescription medications and other substances can also contribute to oversleeping behaviors and should be eliminated if possible.
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