The Effects Of Sleeping Too Much
We all hate the feeling of waking up having not got enough sleep. That groggy, sluggish, lethargic feeling hangs over you for the whole day. On those days in particular, you might find yourself wishing you could just stay in bed and sleep for twelve hours straight – but did you know that oversleeping like this could be just as problematic as not getting enough sleep?
Experts have found that those who regularly get more than ten hours of sleep have a worse health profile than those who sleep for the recommended seven or eight hours. This is because long sleep is usually poor sleep – the kind where you’re tossing and turning, and not making your way through the five stages of sleep properly.
If you’re getting too much sleep, you could be putting your health at risk. Check out some of the side-effects of getting more sleep than you need:
You may struggle to maintain a healthy weight
Not only is there a link between lack of sleep and obesity, there’s also a link between excess sleep and obesity. It’s not a straightforward ‘cause and effect’ sort of link, but it’s a link all the same. Some experts have claimed that too much sleep leads to too little exercise, which could mean you’re not burning enough calories to maintain a healthy weight.
You may have trouble concentrating
Here’s a scary stat – researchers have found that chronic long sleeping can actually age your brain by up to two years. As we’ve mentioned, long sleep is usually poor-quality sleep, and if you’re constantly waking up during the night and not getting the restorative sleep your body needs, it can affect your focus and concentration.
Your mood may suffer
You might think being able to sleep in for ten hours would work wonders for your mood – but actually, longer sleep can have a negative effect on your mood. It can even make certain types of depression worse. People who average long sleep durations are also more likely to have symptoms of anxiety compared to those who get a normal amount of sleep.
Chronic back pain might increase
If you’re experiencing back pain, it’s important to rest, right? It seems like a no-brainer – but getting too much sleep could end up making chronic back pain even worse. Spending too much time in bed and sleeping in a position that doesn’t support your back could mean you wake up with even worse pain than before.
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