4 Things That Happen When You Sleep Too Much

4 Things Sleeping Too Much Does To Your Body
March 13, 2017

We all agree quality sleep is crucial for your health. Not only do you need it to stay focused and alert during the day, but it helps your body recharge and recover from wear and tear and might lower your risk of everything from obesity and diabetes to premature death. But can you have too much of a good thing? Definitely, say experts.



It’s a little hard to believe there’s such a thing as sleeping too much , since so many of us feel like it’s a struggle to even get barely enough.

But it’s true: You can overdo it on sleep.

While it’s tough to pinpoint the “just right” amount, most adults need between seven and nine hours a night to feel and function their best.

Regularly logging more than nine hours of sleep a night may be a sign of an underlying medical condition , but it also puts you at risk for a whole host of health concerns. Here are some of the biggest risks of catching too many Zzs.

1. Sleeping too much can raise depression risk.

In a 2014 study of adult twins, researchers found that long sleep duration increased a person’s risk of depression symptoms. The study participants who slept between seven and nine hours a night had a 27 percent heritability of depressive symptoms, while those who slept nine hours or more had a 49 percent heritability.




2. Higher Risk Of Heart Disease

If you snooze a ton, you lose...at least when it comes to heart health. Heart disease is already the number one cause of death in the US , and sleeping more than 8 hours a night increases your chances of dying from it by 34% .

Women are more prone to sleeping longer than men, which puts them at the highest risk of developing heart problems.




3. Risk of Brain Damage

Can't concentrate? Blame your time between the sheets. Chronic long sleeping can age your brain by as much as 2 years and make it difficult to perform everyday tasks, according to

research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society .

Irwin says the fact that long sleepers tend to have trouble with basic mental functioning may have to do with how often they wake during the night . If you're getting up too frequently, you might not be getting enough of the deep, restorative sleep you need.




4. Sleeping too much can increase diabetes risk.

In a small study from Quebec, researchers found that people who slept more than eight hours a night were twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance over a six-year period than people who slept between seven and eight hours a night, even after controlling for differences in body mass.

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