7 Scary Signs That You Are Getting Way Too Much Sleep

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?

<u>Why Do We Need Sleep?</u>

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Think of sleep as a vital nutrient, like iron or vitamin D. You need a certain amount of it to keep your brain and body moving.

The actual science behind sleep is still not very well understood, but the basic idea is that it gives your body time to rest, and it gives your brain an opportunity to process through all of your day’s experiences.

While you’re dozing and dreaming, your brain has time to make connections and sort through what it should keep and what it should toss out. Short- and long-term memory depend on a good night’s sleep.

How Much Sleep Should You Get?

<u>How Much Sleep Should You Get?</u>

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Every person requires a different amount of sleep, and it can change and grow depending on your age, your daily activities, your health, and your body chemistry.

For example, a teenager going through adolescence might need 10 hours a night, while a middle-aged adult might need just six hours.

In general, doctors agree that most people should get between seven and nine hours of sleep a night.

If you’re an adult and you regularly get 10 or more hours of sleep a night (and you aren’t pregnant or sick) you’re probably getting too much sleep.

What’s the problem with getting too much sleep?

In some cases, it can be a symptom of a sleep disorder called hypersomnia. No matter what, it can hurt your health in a lot of surprising ways.

Scroll through below to learn more.

What Are The Risks Of Getting Too Much Sleep?
Risk #1: Diabetes

<u>What Are The Risks Of Getting Too Much Sleep?</u><br>Risk #1: Diabetes

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There is a well-established link between sleep and diabetes, and it shows up in all sorts of surprising ways.

Research indicates that both lack of sleep and oversleeping might usher your body into a prediabetic state, in which you are at a higher risk for developing full-blown diabetes.

The theory is that funky sleep patterns impact your body the same way insulin resistance does, and causes your body to have more trouble processing sugars.