Oversleeping and health

Healthy sleep is important

  • Sleep is important for physical and mental health.
  • The brain needs to sleep in order to work properly. It helps with the body’s metabolism, immune system, memory formation, and learning.
  • Sleep is also important for your immune system; it provides a chance for your body’s cells to recover from everyday wear and tear while you’re asleep.
  • You can have too much or too little sleep, both of which negatively impact health.

People with depression sleep too much

People with depression also have a tendency to oversleep, a condition called hypersomnia. In addition to sleeping more than usual, people with depression are more likely to experience problems like anxiety, headaches, and irritability. Hypersomnia is only considered a symptom of depression; it’s not seen as an actionable health concern in itself.

Are you getting enough good sleep?

You may have heard that we’re supposed to get eight hours of sleep a night. But what does that really mean? According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. It’s recommended that children between the ages of 3 months old and 13 years old get 10 to 13 hours of sleep each night, while teenagers up until age 17 should get 8 to 10 hours per day. The amount you need may vary slightly depending on your age and health status, but this is a good starting point for most people who are sleeping well.

If you are having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night (or if it just feels like your alarm goes off way too early), then it’s time for an evaluation of where things went south—and getting back on track!

Sleep too much and you are harming your health in a number of ways

If you sleep too much and don’t get enough exercise, you are harming your health in a number of ways.

For example, sleeping too much is linked to diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Research has shown that sleeping more than eight hours per night is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. In addition, people who sleep longer than average have higher blood pressure readings than those who get seven hours of shut-eye per night or less.

Also consider this: The more time you spend in bed each night (particularly if it’s added extra time), the less time there is for physical activity during the day—and exercise helps keep our bodies healthy!

Oversleeping can increase your risk of having a stroke

You already know that oversleeping can cause fatigue, irritability, and a host of other negative symptoms. But did you know it can also increase your risk of having a stroke? When you sleep, your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen—and this deprivation can cause oxygen-deprived brain cells to die.

Strokes are often caused by blood clots that block the flow of blood through arteries in the brain. While there’s no connection between strokes and oversleeping directly (strokes are not caused by lack of sleep), there is an indirect link: when you’re awake for prolonged periods of time, your body produces more stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline; these hormones weaken the walls of veins in your neck and head region where they’re stored.

The weakening allows them to break down easier—meaning that if one were to clot up while a person was already at risk for a stroke because they were busy sleeping instead of working or doing something productive…you get the picture!

Oversleeping is a common symptom of depression—but it’s not the same as feeling tired

If you have depression and feel tired all the time, it can be tempting to assume that oversleeping is just another symptom of that.

It’s not. Oversleeping is different from feeling tired in several ways:

  • It’s an oversimplification of what hypersomnia actually is. While sleeping too much may be a symptom of some sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea, this isn’t always the case.
  • Hypersomnia can also occur when someone feels excessively sleepy but doesn’t have any other symptoms like cataplexy (a sudden loss of muscle tone) or impaired consciousness during sleep (for example, falling asleep during conversations).
  • Hypersomnia is more likely to experience insomnia than normal sleepers because they often go for long periods without sleeping at all—they just don’t feel sleepy until after midnight!

There are different kinds of oversleeping

There are different kinds of oversleeping.

  • You can be tired but not sleep—you may have trouble winding down at night and staying asleep, or your sleep may be shallow.
  • You can sleep but not feel rested—you’ve got enough hours in your bed, but you wake up feeling like you didn’t get the rest that you needed.
  • You can oversleep—that is, spend more time in bed than is healthy for your schedule or lifestyle.
  • You can oversleep too much—if the length of time you spend sleeping has consistently crept up over time and now falls outside the norm for other people of your age and gender (the average adult needs seven to eight hours per night), that’s an indication that something is wrong with how much sleep you’re getting.
  • You can sleep too little—and if the amount of time spent sleeping drops below six hours per night on a regular basis, it may mean that stress or depression is keeping you from getting what’s needed to function well each day (this includes naps).

Oversleeping can be a symptom of other health problems

Oversleeping is a symptom of some medical conditions. Take heart disease, for example. If you’re oversleeping and having trouble getting up in the morning, it could be because your heart isn’t pumping blood through your body as well as it should be.

In addition to heart disease and diabetes, oversleeping can also occur as a result of certain medications used to treat pain and thyroid disorders. Other mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder may cause someone to suddenly begin oversleeping more than usual.

In some cases, people who suffer from depression may sleep longer than usual due to feelings of fatigue or sadness that can make it hard for them to get out of bed during the day—though this is not always the case (more on this below).

Your environment can have an impact on your sleep schedule

If your sleep schedule is disrupted for a long enough period of time, it can become hard to go back to the way things were. You may find yourself needing more and more sleep or waking up earlier than you used to.

If this happens, try these tips:

  • Your environment can have an impact on your sleep schedule. If you’re feeling like you’re not getting enough restful sleep, try changing the way that you spend time in bed before going to sleep. Keep screens out of the bedroom (including TVs), avoid caffeine after dinner, don’t exercise right before bedtime, and limit eating within two hours of going to bed because digestion can cause heartburn and keep you awake during the night.
  • You may also need to change your bedtime routine—for example by making sure there’s enough light coming into one room so that it feels like morning when it’s really nighttime or using white noise machines if there are loud noises outside where people live close together.”

You may feel like oversleeping is inevitable, but there are steps you can take to improve your sleep habits

You may feel like oversleeping is inevitable, but there are steps you can take to improve your sleep habits. Set a regular bedtime and wake-up time, even on weekends. Avoid stimulants such as nicotine and caffeine in the hours before bedtime, which can make it more difficult to fall asleep.

Take a relaxing bath before bed; this helps you unwind and will make falling asleep easier. The bedroom should also be set up for sleeping by making sure that it’s dark and quiet (no TV or other distractions).

Don’t oversleep on days off

If you’re not getting as much sleep as you need, try to get more rest on the weekends. For example, if you usually go to bed at 11 pm and wake up at 6 am (7 hours of sleep), try going to bed at 10 pm and waking up at 7 am (8 hours). This will help you catch up on lost sleep from the week before.

However, don’t oversleep on days off! Oversleeping can be unhealthy and cause problems like weight gain or depression. The goal is to get enough uninterrupted sleep each night so that your body gets a chance to repair itself properly—not just simply stay in one place for several hours longer than usual!

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