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Here’s What Sleeping Too Much Can Mean For Your Health

<article> <section> <p>You’ve likely heard that not enough sleep leads to serious health issues. Maybe you know that problems like heart disease and diabetes, mental health issues like depression, and decreased memory are all possible if you don’t sleep enough.</p> <p>But did you know that it’s <i>just as unhealthy</i> if you’re sleeping too much?</p> <p>In fact, oversleeping is a sign that something is wrong. Whether you suffer from depression, hypersomnia, or just need to be healthier, oversleeping is your body’s way of telling you to make a change.</p> <p>Let’s break down what sleeping too much means for your health. We’ll let you know how many hours of sleep people need per night, and some things you can do to normalize your sleep.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>Is Sleeping Too Much Bad For You?</header> <p>It can be. You likely know that <i>sleep deprivation</i>—not sleeping enough—is linked to a host of problems, from increased risk of disease, to obesity, to decreased mental functioning<sup>1</sup>.</p> <p>But oversleeping can also be bad for you. In fact, oversleeping increases one’s likelihood of awful diseases like stroke or heart disease<sup>2</sup>. One study even showed an increased risk of diabetes for adults who sleep too much<sup>3</sup>.</p> <p>There is a difference between the two, however.</p> <p><i>Sleep deprivation</i> leads to disease because it taxes your body, increasing cortisol levels and inflaming tissues.</p> <p>But oversleeping is a sign that something may <i>already be wrong</i>. You might be sleeping too much as a result of poor underlying health. Chances are, your body’s trying to tell you something.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset=""> <img src="" class="img-fluid" alt="asleep-with-book-on-face-0165"> </picture> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>What It Means If You’re Sleeping Too Much</header> <p>That first section is obviously scary, so let’s clear some stuff up. It’s hard to diagnose exactly why someone is sleeping too much. There are too many variables and potential reasons you are oversleeping.</p> <p>Using websites like WebMD to self-diagnose your sleep patterns is not a good idea. Sites like WebMD address general problems. It’s better to speak to your doctor if you are always tired or oversleeping.</p> <p>With that in mind, here are some reasons people oversleep<sup>4</sup>.</p> <div class="sub-head">1. Hypersomnia</div> <p>People with hypersomnia feel exhausted throughout the day, suffer from anxiety and low energy, and have trouble remembering things.</p> <p>This chronic exhaustion leads to oversleeping, though the extra hours of sleep don’t usually transfer to feeling more rested or alert during the day.</p> <div class="sub-head">2. Obstructive Sleep Apnea</div> <p>Adults with sleep apnea don’t sleep restfully, wake up throughout the night, and have their <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">deep sleep cycles interrupted</a>.</p> <p>Because of the disruption to their sleep cycles, people suffering from sleep apnea usually need more sleep than the average person.</p> <div class="sub-head">3. Use of Substances</div> <p>Drinking alcohol before bed might help you fall asleep, but drinking before bed doesn’t help you get restful sleep. You might sleep longer, but alcohol disrupts your body’s natural sleep cycle. This is one reason you wake up feeling groggy after drinking.</p> <p>Some prescription medications might also cause you to sleep too much. Prescription medications are obviously different than alcohol, but certain medications might also prevent you from reaching deeper levels of sleep.</p> <p>In the case of alcohol, you might consider not drinking before bed or asking yourself why you need alcohol to fall asleep. </p> <p>In the case of medications, talk to your doctor to see if your prescription might be responsible for you sleeping too much. </p> <div class="sub-head">4. Poor Mental or Physical Health</div> <p>Depression and anxiety are more likely to give you insomnia (the inability to sleep), but can also lead to oversleeping<sup>5</sup>. </p> <p>Fifteen percent of people suffering from depression sleep too much. This is unfortunate, because oversleeping makes depression worse.</p> <p>Physical ailments like headaches and lower back pain also cause people to oversleep.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset=""> <img src="" class="img-fluid" alt="exhausted-man-on-couch-0165"> </picture> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>How Much Sleep Should Adults Get To Be Healthy?</header> <p>Science says the “sweet spot” for adults is somewhere between seven and eight hours of sleep. But as we’ve discussed before, not all sleep is <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">created equal</a>.</p> <p>Adults need less sleep than children to stay healthy. In fact, as you get older, your sleep quality changes. Older people do not get as much <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">deep sleep</a> as younger people (stages 3 and 4). </p> <p><i>Deep sleep</i> is the most restful form of sleep, where brain activity is minimal, your heart rate is at its lowest, and your body is fully relaxed.</p> <p>Twenty-year-olds might get two full hours of deep sleep per night. But sixty year olds might get thirty minutes of deep sleep or none at all.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>Can The Keto Diet Affect Sleep?</header> <p>Yes. In fact, here’s how the keto diet and eating low-carb can <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">improve sleep quality</a>.</p> <p>In general, what (and when) you eat affects sleep quality. </p> <p>For example, eating junk or excessive amounts of food before bed can decrease the amount of restful sleep you get. </p> <p>Instead of recovering and repairing, your body must digest what you’ve eaten. Plus, high blood sugar makes it hard for your body to rest<sup>6</sup>.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset=""> <img src="" class="img-fluid" alt="girl-sleeping-in-bed-0165"> </picture> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>How Do I Sleep The Right Amount?</header> <p>There are things you can do if you sleep too much and still don’t feel rested during the day.</p> <div class="sub-head">1. Have A Bedtime Routine</div> <p>Too much screen time or activity before bed can make for a restless night of sleep. Thirty to sixty minutes before bed, shut down your phone and aim to relax. Read a book, spend time with family, or do something else that helps you calm down.</p> <p>A bedtime routine will help your body get more restful sleep, which can decrease the number of hours you spend on your pillow.</p> <div class="sub-head">2. Eat Healthy and Exercise</div> <p>If you remember one thing from this article, let it be this: sleeping too much is a <i>symptom</i> of being unhealthy. </p> <p>Sleeping too much doesn’t guarantee you have a disease or will get one, but it is one way your body tells you that something’s off.</p> <p>If you’re sleeping too much, start with the two most important building blocks for better health: <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">good diet</a> and <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">regular exercise</a>. </p> <p>Eating healthy is linked to improved sleep quality, and exercising helps reset your body’s natural cycles (plus, it tires you out so you’re ready for bed).</p> <div class="sub-head">3. Use Sleep-Promoting Supplements</div> <p>Natural supplements can help you normalize your sleep schedule without the adverse side-effects of medication. Choose ones made from natural ingredients to help calm your nervous system before and during sleep. </p> <p>For example, our <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">sleep and recovery bundle</a> contains:</p> <ul> <li>Ancient, <b>rest-promoting herbs</b> like chamomile, ashwagandha, and valerian </li> <li>Melatonin, a powerful sleep enhancer</li> <li>Repairing <b>amino acids</b>, so your body can heal itself while you sleep </li> <li>100% natural ingredients, so you know what’s going into your body</li> </ul> <p>Whether you’d like to avoid midnight wakeups, reduce stress, or enhance your memory, our <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">sleep and recovery bundle</a> might be right for you.</p> <p>Avoid sleep medications if possible—many come with negative side effects.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>Sleeping Too Much—Wrapping Up</header> <p>You’ve heard that sleep deprivation is bad for you, but it turns out the same is true for sleeping too much. </p> <p>People who oversleep are more prone to heart disease, depression, and even diabetes compared to people who get the recommended seven to nine hours per night.</p> <p>Sleeping too much is a sign that something is off, and could even mean your health is poor. Even if you aren’t currently suffering from disease, it might be a sign that you need to make a lifestyle change.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Eating healthier</a> (<a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">low-carb diets</a> work wonders <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">for sleep</a>), <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">exercising</a>, and using <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">natural supplements</a> can all help you normalize your sleep schedule.</p> <p>We created our <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">sleep and recovery bundle</a> to help people get their sleep schedules back on track, reduce stress, improve memory, and even prevent aging. If you’re struggling with sleeping too much, we highly recommend you check it out.</p> <div class="sub-head">Resources</div> <ol> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Body</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Why Getting More Than 9 Hours of Sleep Every Night Could Be a Bad Thing</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Sleep duration and risk of type 2 diabetes</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Physical Side Effects of Oversleeping</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Alaska Sleep Education Center Blood Sugar and Sleep Problems</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Alaska Sleep Education Center Blood Sugar and Sleep Problems</a></li> </ol> </section> </article>

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