Why oversleeping can be as harmful as too little sleep?

Quality sleep is crucial for your health. Not only do you need it to stay focused and alert during the day, but it helps your body recharge and recover from wear and tear and might lower your risk of everything from obesity and diabetes to premature death.

But can you have too much of a good thing?

The answer to the question is definitely NO. We all know there are risks associated with getting too little sleep. Chronic lack of sleep is linked to a higher risk of obesity, heart disease, depression, and even early death. Well, it turns out, chronic oversleeping carries the same risks.

“Individuals who sleep more than 10 hours per day generally have worse health profiles than those who sleep 7 to 8 hours,” says Susan Redline, MD, MPH, professor of sleep medicine at Harvard and senior physician in the division of sleep and circadian disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

So, how much sleep should I get ?


How much sleep is too much/too little depends upon a number of factors. According to The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get somewhere in the ballpark of seven to nine hours of sleep per night, though some can get away with as little as six or as much as 10. Generally, if you’re waking up feeling well rested without nagging headaches, back pain, or grogginess, you’re probably fine.

Effects of oversleeping

You are at a higher risk of heart disease:

If you snooze a ton, you lose…at least when it comes to heart health. Sleeping more than 8 hours at night increases your chance of dying by 34%

• You are more likely to be obese:

Weight gain is another chicken-or-egg factor associated with long amounts of sleep. Many studies show that people who don’t sleep enough tend to be heavier.

One theory is that too much sleep translates to too little exercise. “Long sleepers have shorter periods available when they can be active,” says Redline. In other words, the more you sleep, the less you move—and the fewer calories you burn off.

You may develop diabetes:

Too much sleep can raise your blood sugar levels (as can skimping on sleep). That’s not the kind of sweet dreams you want: High blood glucose can increase your risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Again, being more sedentary—and overweight—is likely what’s driving this risk factor

So if the work was brutal this week, as a result you got less sleep every night and if you were planning to get, back to back 10 hours of sleep on the weekends then you might want to change the plan.



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