Can You Really Sleep Too Much?

bedIt may seem like an impossible dream: is there really such a thing as sleeping too much? It turns out that yes, you can sleep too much, and it can be almost as bad for you as sleeping too little. Studies have found that sleeping too much can impact your mental and physical health and even lead to long-term issues. Here’s how oversleeping can impact you and how you can avoid it.

Grogginess

Remember those weekend morning where you woke up, looked at the clock and just rolled over and fell right back to sleep in a state of bliss? But then you wake up and just feel…groggy.

Studies have shown that people who try to catch up on sleep on the weekend and disrupt their normal sleep schedule, wake up feeling even more tired and groggy than they would have if they’d just gotten up when they normally would.

Depression

Insomnia is usually something associated with depression, but sleeping too much can also be a symptom. In fact, about 15% of people with depression oversleep. People who suffer from depression will benefit greatly from regular sleeping patterns in order to help control their symptoms. If you’re prone to depression, then lingering in bed may not be the best thing to do.

Brain Activity

If you sleep too much you can actually impair your brain’s ability to function. It may also trigger feelings of laziness and fatigue. One study in older women found that over or under sleeping caused a decrease in brain activity over a six-year time period.

Migraines

If you are prone to migraines then sleeping too much could actually trigger one. Sleeping too much impacts the neurotransmitters in your brain and messes with your production of serotonin. If you have a disruptive sleep schedule then headaches and migraines could be in your future.

Back Pain

Chiropractors don’t normally recommend bed rest for back pain any longer. It has been found that inactivity actually can make back pain worse and make muscles tighter, so if you spend too much time in bed it can actually make your back feel worse. Stretching out your back when you get out of bed is better than just lying there!

Weight Gain

The more time you spend in bed, the more inactive you are. People who oversleep are actually 25% more likely to gain weight than those who regulate their sleeping habits. Next time you’re thinking about snoozing, take a walk around the block instead! 

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