Oversleeping Can Actually Be A Bad Thing For Your Health
We all know the risks associated with not getting enough sleep- stress, obesity, drowsiness and even early death. Because of such reports, Americans have upped the amount of sleep they get each night.
Currently, Americans over the age of 15 get an average of about 8 hours and 45 minutes of sleep a night. With the healthy recommendation being anywhere from 6 to 8 hours, an extra 45 minutes can’t hurt, right? Not necessarily. Here is a list of 8 effects of oversleeping.
Increase in Risk of Developing Diabetes
Research from the Canadian Universityé Laval found that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes was twice as high for those of us that sleep too much.
Higher Chance of Becoming Obese
The journal Sleep published a paper that found that those who sleep longer than 8 hours a day increase their risk of being obese by 21%.
Health Guidance found a correlation between oversleeping and back pain. The longer that you sleep, the longer you could be sleeping in an awkward and back damaging position. Sleeping on your side and on a firm surface help.
If you are already prone to headaches, sleeping too much can make them even worse. CBS news says the headaches may worsen due to the “effect oversleeping has on certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin.”
Almost 2 out of 10 people suffering from depression tend to oversleep. Researchers at The University of Tübingen found that depriving people of one night’s sleep could improve the symptoms of depression as much as 60%.
Increased Risk of Heart Disease
A study performed by researches at the Chicago Medical School found that people that overslept were twice as likely to experience chest pains and 10% more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease.
Early signs of Alzheimer’s
Brain functions were analyzed by researchers at Brigham and Women’s hospital, which led to findings that supported the fact that those who sleep more than 9 hours a night had worse brain functions then those who slept an average amount. Consistently sleeping over 9 hours a day could potentially bring about early signs of Alzheimer’s.
Several studies show that people who sleep more than 8 hours a day have a 30% higher death rate than those who only sleep 7-8 hours a day.
Paul Hudson | Elite.