While a lot of people suffer from insomnia and basically struggle to get enough sleep, getting too much sleep is also not good for your health. Here are the reasons why sleeping for too long is bad for your health and how you can get a balance.
You could start getting Headaches
You know that feeling when you sleep in, only to wake up groggy and with a headache? While that could be caused by poor sleep, it also could be one of the side effects of too much sleep itself.
The mechanism behind this isn’t understood that well, and one hypothesis is that fluctuations in neurotransmitters during sleep may be a trigger for headaches. The best sleep pattern to avoid this “headache” is to get a consistent amount of sleep every night, and to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
You’re more likely to Suffer From Depression
One symptom of depression is oversleeping, so having untreated mental health problems could be one reason why you’ve had a hard time getting up. Studies have shown long sleep is significantly associated with frequent mental distress.
One hypothesis is that long sleep duration is associated with decreased physical activity, and physical activity has been associated with reduced risk of depression by increasing levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, increasing release of endorphins, distracting from stressful stimuli, and improving self-esteem.
On the other hand, people who are depressed may use sleep as an escape or coping mechanism, and so stay in bed longer.
You Have A Higher Risk For Heart Disease And Stroke
The negative health effects of getting too little sleep is spelt out everywhere but the things that happen when you get to close your eyes for too long is less clear.
Experts recommend that the average adult get 7 to 9 hours of sleep. New research connects oversleeping with bad health outcomes. While oversleeping is not harmful in and of itself, but it is a sign that you may be sleeping ineffectively, or that there is another problem requiring more sleep.
Researchers from the Chicago School of Medicine found that people who sleep more than 8 hours per night are twice as likely to have angina (chest pain) and 10 percent more likely to have coronary heart disease.
You Might not be Sleeping Well
One theory about why too much sleep is linked with other health problems is that your time in bed is disrupted, so you’re not actually getting good rest.
People with sleep apnea, stomach upset or hot flashes, an environment that is not dark or quiet enough may not get enough sleep. Even teeth grinding can cause you not to sleep as well. If you feel that you’re still sleepy even though you’ve been in bed a long time, see a doctor to help unravel the cause.
You’re more likely to be Obese
Sleep-disordered breathing, depression, or medication side effects can cause an increase in sleep duration and are also linked to other risk factors, such as weight gain. As people get more obese, they’re likely to be long sleepers. And if you’re a long sleeper, you’re more likely to be obese.
If you’re spending more time in bed, you’re not exercising or even moving around, so you’re burning fewer calories.
You could develop diabetes
given the link between longer sleep and obesity, diabetes is also more common among long sleepers. Researchers in Canada found that even after adjusting for body mass, long sleepers had double the risk of developing diabetes.