Can Oversleeping Actually Harm You?

Think again before you hit the snooze button

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Remember the days we would fight going to sleep? Now, I’m sure we treasure every minute of sleep we can possibly get. We have all been there; we had a really long work week, so we head to bed earlier and reward ourselves by sleeping in Saturday morning. But, when we wake up in the morning we end up feeling worse than we did the night before.

Yes, it is true that oversleeping can actually harm you. If you are averaging more than eight hours of sleep per night you should go see your doctor. You may have a medical condition that you are unaware of. For instance, hypersomnia is the medical disorder in which people oversleep. Those with this disorder suffer from extreme tiredness throughout the day. They almost always have low energy and trouble remember things.

It is important to remember to set a specific sleep schedule for yourself. Try going to bed and waking up around the same times every day. To avoid oversleeping, put your alarm clock out of arms reach, this way you have to get out of bed to turn it off.

Below are 7 ways oversleeping is harming you. You may want to think again before you hit the snooze button!


1. The more you sleep the less active you are


The more you sleep the less time your body has to move and burn energy. This can lead to obesity and diabetes, which can ultimately cause hypertension and damage to your vital organs. Being active helps combat health conditions, and improves your mood.  So, set your alarm and stop pressing the snooze button! Don’t oversleep and rob yourself of the positive health affects being active as to offer.


2. Sleeping too much will cause headaches

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According to WebMD, “For some people prone to headaches, sleeping longer than usual on a weekend or vacation 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.”


3. Oversleeping will cause back pain


Unless you have an amazing mattress, oversleeping can cause you lower back pain. If you already suffer from lower back pain, it can make it worse. So, avoid oversleeping, wake up and head to the gym. It is proven that being active and exercising can help release back pain.


4. You will wake up feeling even more tired


“By sleeping longer than normal, we unknowingly throw off our regular circadian rhythm (Medical Daily).” When this happens, feelings of fatigue, drowsiness and lethargy are very common. Therefore, oversleeping throws off our normal sleep cycle, in turn causing us to wake up feeling even more tired.


5. It can increase your risk for heart disease


According to Health Guidance, “Studies conducted on people have shown that those that oversleep have a 38% increased chance of suffering from coronary heart disease.”  By oversleeping you are taking away hours of your day you could spend being active.  The more you lay in bed, the less active you are, and the higher chances you have of developing obesity. That being said, obesity is linked to coronary heart disease.


6. Oversleeping raises your risk for depression


Oversleeping can raise your risk for depression, while also making your current depression worse.  “Insomnia is linked to depression more than oversleeping, but close to 15% of people with depression slept too much and this could worsen depression. Regular sleep habits are important to recovery from depression (”


7. Oversleeping is linked to early death

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Yes, it is true oversleeping is linked to early death.  WebMD explains, there have been studies that found people who sleep nine or more hours a night have higher death rates than people who sleep seven to eight hours a night. Oversleeping is associated with numerous medical issues. Some of these include diabetes and obesity. Therefore, the more medical issues a person may be enduring, the higher the risk for early death.


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