Hypersomnia

Is too much sleep bad for you?

Is too much sleep bad for you?

Getting enough sleep helps to look after our physical and mental wellbeing, but is it possible to get too much sleep?

When it comes to sleep, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

Getting enough sleep is very important as it helps our bodies to rest and regenerate, ready for the next day. But there’s a fine line between getting your beauty sleep and oversleeping.

The amount of sleep needed each night differs from one person to the next and changes over the course of a person’s lifetime. However, as a rough guide, experts usually recommend that adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night.

If you find that you’re sleeping significantly more than this, then you may be suffering from a sleep disorder or medical problem.

Research has found that people who regularly oversleep are more at risk of developing several serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression.

Oversleeping is also a common symptom of several sleep disorders, including:

  • Idiopathic hypersomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Hypersomnia

People who sleep for more than 10-12 hours a day may be suffering from a sleep disorder called Hypersomnia.

Symptoms of hypersomnia include sleeping excessively, including during the day, difficulty waking from sleep, sleep inertia and cognitive impairment.

What to do if you’re oversleeping

If you find yourself regularly oversleeping or feeling excessively tired, it’s important to speak to your doctor so that they can check that the problem is not a symptom of a more serious health condition.

If, after being examined by a doctor they find no cause for concern, the following tips may help you to deal with oversleeping.

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Go to bed at the same time each night.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Avoid medications that cause drowsiness where possible.
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