Restful sleep is essential for a healthy life but excessive sleep can be harmful. Over sleeping has been linked to increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and death. Depression and low socio economic status are also known to cause excessive sleep.
The amount of sleep one needs varies with an individual's age, activity levels and general health and lifestyle habits. Stress or illness increases need for sleep. On an average about 7-8 hours of sleep is adequate.
Excessive sleeping or Hypersomnia is a medical condition, where people feel sleepy throughout the day, despite normal sleep at night and not relieved by short naps. It is generally associated with anxiety, low energy levels and inability to remember things.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder where people momentarily stop breathing during sleep. This is identified as one reason for hypersomnia.
Sleep disorders which prevent people from restful sleep at night can cause daytime sleepiness. Conditions like snoring, insomnia or RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) do not enable a person to get a restful sleep at night and so they feel sleepy through the day.
Depression is known to cause a person to be lethargic and sleepy all the time.
Use of alcohol and prescription medications also cause oversleeping.
The best way to overcome this is by regulating the time of going to bed and getting up. Avoid use of alcohol and caffeine excessively, especially close to bedtime. Regular exercise and making you bedroom and bed comfortable will help you sleep and feel rested. Despite all this if you are oversleeping you need to consult
Effects of excessive sleep
- High risk of developing hypertension
- Higher death rate
- Poor dietary habits leady to nutritional deficiencies
- Heart disease