Why is sleeping too much unhealthy for you?
Most times, when people sleep too much, they can’t even see straight. At least that’s what happens with me. I’m not a drinker, yet I imagine that’s how people who are hungover must feel.
Sleeping too much is when a person sleeps longer than what their natural body requirements are. Prolonged nighttime sleeping is usually associated with hypersomnia. People afflicted with hypersomnia never feel refreshed after sleep and often wake up feeling disoriented.
The amount of sleep we need depends on our age, activity level, general health, and lifestyle habits.
- Adult seven hours
- Teens eight hours
- Young children 9 to 10 hours
Not only do adults suffer from oversleeping symptoms, but it affects people of all ages, including young children.
Why should you not go past your natural sleeping time?
Oversleeping upsets our body rhythms, as well as daytime fatigue, is increased. It can lead to anxiety, read my last post on how to beat nighttime anxiety to get good sleep.
Our internal body has a natural rhythm in it, which was set by nature. If we go against that nature, we are going against what our body needs to function in an orderly fashion.
One thing is for sure; sleep plays an essential role in our brain development. By having the right amount of sleep, our brain clears out waste byproducts as well as balances the neurotransmitters, which help reprocess our memory when we’re resting.
Most people who oversleep have a tendency of waking up, which then disturbs their sleep, which is a known contributor to depression. Oversleeping causes excessive tiredness in people. This tiredness causes hypersomnia.
Hypersomnia, also known as excessive daytime sleepiness, is prevalent among people who oversleep. It’s a neurological disorder that causes distress as well as problems with functioning.
What causes hypersomnia?
- Narcolepsy – this is due to not being able to regulate the sleep and wake cycles. These types of people often experience excessive daytime sleepiness that can go from several seconds to several minutes. They can also experience a sudden loss of muscle strength, which is triggered by strong emotions, depression being one of them.
- Klein – Levin Syndrome – this is known as sleeping beauty syndrome. It’s a rare sleep disorder but is persistent among those who suffer hypersomnia. It causes mood changes as well as cognitive changes. This can significantly affect the person socially, personally as well as professionally. This type of syndrome is often experienced by those people who sleep 12+ hours.
Oversleeping not only leads to minor depression, but it can also lead to clinical depression. Clinical depression happens as a result of depression due to sleeping too much. Which further gets disturbed by the monoamine activity.
Monoamine oxidase activity helps to maintain appropriate firing rates of neurons throughout the body within the homeostatic limits. But due to a person oversleeping, where they experience many disturbances of this activity not taking place leads to depression, panic attack, and even post-traumatic syndrome.
Oversleepers may suffer from both insomnia and hypersomnia. When a person is sleeping too much, higher rates of suicide attempts are made.
Another thing to note is people who suffer both from insomnia, as well as hypersomnia, are at 2 to 3 times greater to suffer from bipolar.
Researchers did a study that found that women who increased their sleep by two or more hours were more likely to suffer from type II diabetes compared to those who had regular sleep hours.
When people are feeling tired, which is one of the symptoms of oversleeping, they tend to make rash decisions about their eating habits.
These eating habits can lead to diabetes being developed. Most times, I know that when I have slept too much, I have no desire to cook. That’s the time when I grab processed food.
Although we know that sleeping too little makes us irritable, how does sleeping too much affect our weight?
Research done by the University of Glasgow discovered that too much sleep could actually make you gain weight – probably more – then sleeping too little.
One of the reasons identified causes gain weight when oversleeping is that people who oversleep tend to be overtired. Being overtired may lead to an emotional eating pattern.
Because of disturbed sleeping cycles, headaches are one of the ways it shows up in your body.
During sleep, the cerebrospinal fluid gets pressed out into our spine and brain to flush out all the toxins from the day. Later on, when we’re supposed to naturally rise as our body wants us to the toxins which have been recessing against our spine should get released.
But because we don’t get up the toxins go back into our cerebrospinal fluid which is all the excess caffeine, fluoride and etc., we may have had. These trigger the headaches because they’re f flowing backward.
Once we wake up after our regular hours of sleep, our lymphatic system starts pumping to take over the toxins to release them as sweat or urine.
Something else that happens when we’re sleeping is that we tend to over-breathe. When we over-breathe, it causes us to exhale our carbon dioxide reserves. These are necessary for our cellular oxygen absorption.
The less carbon dioxide we have, the lesser the tissues can absorb the oxygen from our bloodstream. Over breathing can cause us to receive much less oxygen. This leads to headaches. And when people oversleep, they tend to over breathe.
5. Constant Brain Fog
Even though brain fog isn’t a medical condition, most of us know the signs that it’s there. Our brain shifts many gears throughout the day, but any disruption can throw it out of gear. This includes oversleeping.
By going to bed and waking up at the same time, we teach our brain discipline. When we’re teaching our brain discipline were also strengthening our brain muscle. Oversleeping can prevent this muscle from staying in good form.
Many people find that after they sleep too long, they drag their feet. It’s hard to get moving when the body is still feeling tired from the previous night. It can also increase your perception of fatigue.
Getting just the right amount of sleep for your body can make a big difference in how you feel the next day.
Final words on is sleeping too much unhealthy
All of us enjoy getting our sleep. Granted, there are days where we may go over our sleep time. I know I do many times – especially on weekends – then I pay for it.
My payment comes in the form of severe headache not too mention the inner critical thoughts I have when trying to get a decent sleep at night.
It took me a long time to understand how my sleep was connected to my headaches. Once I set a schedule of getting up at a specific time, my headaches went away.
Sleeping too much can be unhealthy for you; it doesn’t do show up in the symptoms described above. It also manifests itself in many little changes in our lifestyle.
I made up my mind that I was not going to live a lifestyle where I was going to be missing out on many things life has to offer, especially after my cancer diagnosis.
My time now is to get up at 7 am, and my bedtime is 10. This way, I give myself about an hour to read. Because I know I’m ill I need more sleep, so I give myself an extra hour.
Do you want to sleep better at night with remedies from home which will help you fall asleep at night? Read my last post on home remedies to help you sleep.
When I’ve had just the right amount of sleep, I wake up with a lot of energy, ready to get started on my day.
My advice is to get your sleep for sure, but don’t oversleep to experience unhealthy problems with your living.
Let me know in the comments below if you experience any of the above symptoms due to oversleeping.
Reading is my favorite thing to do. But other than reading, I enjoy discovering new techniques on how to do something in simpler methods. My daughter likes to call me the Renaissance woman. So I do have to live up to the name.
One of my main issues is sleeping, so I’m always searching for new ways to get a good night sleep, I’m more than happy to share them with you.
My posts are either geared towards pain or self-help. Pain posts because I suffer from ongoing cancer pain. In the past 6 years of my fight with cancer, I have learned many ways to deal with pain, especially when going to bed.
The self-help posts come from my work as a mental health counselor for over 15+ years. My background in counseling training is from UFV and RRU. I also have personal trainer certification from IFA, so I might throw in some exercise posts as well.