Oversleeping: What are the consequences?

Oversleeping: What are the consequences?

Oversleeping is not without consequences. Here's what can happen if you oversleep.

We all know how important sleep is, so it would seem fair to assume that the more you sleep, the better it will be for your health. In reality this is not the case, in fact in this case too the popular rule is that “enough is enough” because unlikely things can happen. 

When it comes to getting a good night's sleep, there are rules to follow according to research from the National Sleep Foundation. “There is evidence that long sleep of more than nine hours and short sleep of less than 5 hours are associated with increased mortality. It therefore appears that sleeping too much may be associated with negative health outcomes.

Although sleeping for long periods can be pleasant , you can not put your health at risk. Here's what the experts say could happen.



Oversleeping: Harmful Consequences

  • hangover effect

Have you ever felt dizzy after a long night's sleep? Sleeping too much can cause such an effect , with drowsiness lasting all day. This state is called "sleep drunkenness" and is the result of your body's natural circadian rhythm losing its effectiveness if you sleep too much.


  • Insomnia

When you oversleep, you're much less likely to be tired at bedtime, which can lead to insomnia issues. “Sleeping too much can cause insomnia the next nightsays Dr. Dimitriu of the National Sleep Foundation. "The body just isn't ready to go back to sleep after, say, eight hours of waking up."


  • Increased risk of heart disease and stroke

Sleeping too much each night can increase the risk of early death from heart disease and heart attack. A study revealed that those who sleep for 10 hours are 30% more likely to die and almost 50% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. "Sleeping too often leaves too little time in the day for other things, so productivity, exercise and social networks can be affected," says Dr. Dimitriu. If you have trouble waking up after a lot of sleep, it's normal to feel tired.


  • Depression

Spending too many hours in bed increases also the risk of depression. In some cases, it can be associated with sleep apnea or endocrine issues that negatively impact health. The long sleep period is probably a result rather than a cause of poor mental health.


  • Increased risk of diabetes

Among the various consequences that can occur if you sleep too much are:increase the risk of diabetes. Although the exact mechanism is still unclear, research suggests that too much (or too little) sleep affects the body's ability to respond to blood glucose levels and therefore may increase the possibility of diabetes. This effect has been shown primarily in men, but other studies have found the same increased risk in women.


  • Headaches

Too much sleep can also lead to headaches . This is due to a disruption in serotonin levels and is especially likely to happen when you sleep more than usual. Most people struggle with lack of sleep rather more than oversleeping, but if you're someone who sleeps more than nine hours a night, you should consider these potential health risks.

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