To most of us, the idea of getting “too much sleep” sounds like a fantasy. Sleep is good for you; how could you possibly get too much?
Well, as it turns out, the amount of sleep you get is actually a perfect example of what can happen when you get too much of a good thing.
The same way it’s possible to drink too much water, or take too many vitamins, it’s possible to get more sleep than is healthy.
Now, we aren’t talking about hitting the snooze button on the occasional Saturday, but about chronic oversleeping that happens nearly every day.
Of course, sleep is a tricky topic. If you’re getting too much sleep, it can be a chicken-and-the-egg question: is too much sleep causing you to be unhealthy, or is your exhaustion a symptom of an underlying illness?
If you’re noticing that you’re suddenly tired all the time, it might be the latter.
However, if you’ve always slept a lot, it might be a sign that you’re a chronic “oversleeper,” and you’re doing harm to your health in the long run.
Scroll through below to learn more about what can happen when you get too much sleep.
Why Do We Need Sleep?
How Much Sleep Should You Get?
What Are The Risks Of Getting Too Much Sleep?
Risk #1: Diabetes
Risk #2: Inflammation
Risk #3: Depression
Risk #4: Brain Fog
Risk #5: Obesity
Risk #6: Heart Disease
Risk #7: Infertility
The amount of sleep you get at night might be directly linked to your fertility.
This is obviously less important for anyone past menopause, but younger women trying to conceive should try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.
One study of women getting IVF treatments indicated that women who get 7 to 8 hours are the most likely to conceive: ”
The theory behind this is that too much sleep interrupts your circadian rhythm. That, in turn, disrupts your monthly cycle, meaning that ovulation and periods become irregular and disrupted, and it’s harder to get pregnant.
Do you sleep too much? You may want to talk to your doctor about hypersomnia and other sleep disorders to get your body back on track.
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