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Why is too much Sleep bad for You

  • 15 January 2017
  • By Shveta Bhagat
Why is too much Sleep bad for You

As the old adage goes, too much of anything can’t be good, so is the case with sleep. While sleep needs differ from person to person, doctors recommend around seven to nine hours for adults. Anything beyond can affect your health adversely.

Too less or too much sleep both are detrimental to our well being.

Many studies have also 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.

The serious side effects of Over Sleeping include -

Diabetes: Studies have shown that sleeping too long or not enough can increase the risk for diabetes. Researchers have found that people who increased their shut-eye by at least two hours a day had a higher risk of type 2 diabetes as compared to those who stuck to their 7 to 8 hours per night.
Heart disease: A study that involved nearly 72,000 women showed that women who slept 9 to 11 hours per night were 38% more likely to have coronary heart disease than women who slept eight hours.
Obesity: Sleeping too much or too little could make you gain weight. A recent study showed that people who slept for nine or 10 hours every night were 21% more likely to become obese over a six-year period than were people who slept between seven and eight hours. This association between sleep and obesity remained the same even when food intake and exercise were taken into account.
Headaches: For some people prone to headaches, sleeping longer than usual can cause head pain. Researchers believe this is due to the effect oversleeping has on certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin. People who sleep too much during the day and disrupt their nighttime sleep may also find themselves suffering from headaches in the morning.
Back pain: There was a time when doctors told people suffering from back pain to head straight to bed but now no more. You may not even need to curtail your regular exercise program when you are experiencing back pain. Check with your doctor. Doctors now realize the health benefits of maintaining a certain level of activity and infact recommend against sleeping more than usual
Depression: Although insomnia is more commonly linked to depression than oversleeping is, roughly 15% of people with depression sleep too much. This may in turn make their depression worse. That's because regular sleep habits are important to get a grip on life.


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