You could be inviting a host of health problems!!!!!

While experts say that an average person needs seven to eight hours of sleep everyday, there are people who suffer from the problems of oversleeping. Hypersomnia is a disorder charactertised by excessive sleepliness. Oine often experiences prolonged night sleep and has difficulty waking up. Other symptoms include anxiety, increased irritation, low energy levels, restlessness, slow thought process, loss of appetite and difficulty in remembering things.

There is an established criteria to determine exactly how much sleep a person needs, and sleep is considered to be adequate when there is no daytime sleepliness or dsyfunction.

“There are several side effects of over sleeping which can interfere, with one’s lifestyle to inhibiting the ability to cope with social situations.”

Why do some people tend to sleep so much?

Some people are habituated to oversleep as their circadian rhythm ( the 24 hour body clock) makes them so. “There are people who under-sleep during the week and over=sleep during the week and over-sleep during the weekend. Some may have hypersomnia (too much sleep), that makes you sleep during the day in addition to the night-time sleep. Those individuals with a condition called obstructive sleep apnoea starts again repeatedly, oversleep, and experience daytime sleepliness. “Depressed people tend to oversleep and go into sleep inertia. Alcohol, drug abuse, and certain medications can make you drowsy and cause sleepiness. Sleep needs vary from person to person and can change as you age. You ability to function well depends your total sleep time and the amount of various stages of sleep you get each night.”

One can overcome this problem to making sure they sleep at more or less the same time daily, not sleep for more than eight hours a day, regularly exercise and maintain a healthy weight, avoid excessive stimulants and alcohol and seek medical help for sleep apnoea. “Remember that inadequate sleep creates a sleep debt, which the body tries to recuperate by sleeping for longer hours. Certain diseases and drugs can cause excessive sleepiness are alcohol, cough syrups. Other conditions like asthma, congestive cardiac failure and hypothrodism also lead to excess sleep.”

Alternative treatments:-

  1. Pyschotherapy is recommended for patients with sleep disorders associated with other mental disorders.
  2. Ayurveda treatment is advised only after taking a detailed history of the patient and the exact cause of Hypersomnia.
  3. For some people, meditation, breathing exercises and yoga can help.


DIABETES:- Researchers have discovered that a side effect of the much sleep a diabetes. In a study, people they found that those who sleep more than nine hours per night are 50 per cent more likely to contract diabetes than those who sleep seven hours per night.

OBESITY:- Studies have proven that people who sleep 9-10 hours per night are 21 per cent likelier to become obese over a 6-year time span than people who sleep 7-8 hours nightly even when food consumption and exercise levels were completed.

HEART DISEASE:- Women who sleep over nine hours nightly are 38 per cent likelier to experience coronary heart disease than women who sleep eight hours every night.

DEPRESSION:- Regular sleep habits are important to recover from depression. Sleeping TOO MUCH can worsen symptoms.

DEATH:- A myriad of studies have proven that people who sleep nine or more hours per night notably greater death rates than those who sleep seven to eight hours nightly.

HEADACHES:- Sleeping too much can cause headaches, which scientists believe to the effect of sleep in certain neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serobruin. Too much sleep can disrupt the balance of the chemicals in the brain causing headaches.

BACK PAIN:- Too much sleep can cause great deals of pressure on the back for extended periods of time leading to backaches.


Oversleeping can make you groggy when you wake up, cause puffiness and eye bugs around the eyes. It can also make you lethargic and energy during the day.

  1. Children need more sleep per day in order to develop and function properly up to 19 hours for new born babies with a declining rate as a child grows.
  2. School children need about 10-11 hours of sleep.
  3. Adolescents need 9-10 hours of sleep.
  4. Adults need at least 7-8 hours of sleep daily.



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