You might have heard about the health implications of not getting enough sleep, but have you thought about the effects of oversleeping? Other people may say that oversleeping is quiet a luxury only people who don’t have to worry about paying bills have to endure. But the truth is it’s not; anyone can suffer from oversleeping as much as anyone can struggle with sleep deprivation.
Like insufficient sleep, oversleeping is a sign of disordered sleep. It may be a sign of an underlying health condition, or it can be your body’s way of saying that you are experiencing poor quality of sleep. Oversleeping can also be an indication of a clinical sleep disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea and narcolepsy.
Hypersomnia is the clinical term for excessive sleeping and excessive sleepiness wherein a person has trouble staying awake during the day. People who have hypersomnia can fall asleep anytime, and anywhere; for example, at work or even while they are driving. As such, it can be dangerous to some extent. Below are some of the core symptoms of hypersomnia:
- In extreme cases, one might sleep soundly at night for 12 hours or more, but still feel the need to nap during the day.
- Difficulty waking up in the morning even with an alarm
- Difficulty in going out of bed in the morning and starting the day
- Grogginess on and off or throughout the day
- Difficulty in concentrating
How Much Sleep Is Too Much?
There is no single exact amount of sleep that can apply to everyone. Sleep needs depend on several factors, such as a person’s age, lifestyle, genetics, overall health, and even life circumstances. However, most of us, throughout our adulthood, need around 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night.
If you are sleeping for more than 9 hours every night, and you are still feeling tired and groggy, that’s an indication that you are oversleeping. If this is the case, you should not delay taking a look at what is causing it.
What Causes Oversleeping?
Oversleeping is associated with a lot of health conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Thyroid Issues
- Some medications, including:
- Anti-anxiety medications
- Anti-psychotic drugs
Moreover, it can also be linked to a few sleep disorders like narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome (RLS), and obstructive sleep apnea.
Other possible causes include substance abuse, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, br