Snooze ’til you Lose: The Dark Side of Oversleeping
August 13, 2014
We all love sleeping. After a long day at the office, there is no better feeling than to crawl under the sheets and pass out on your comfortable bed mattress.
We all know the dangers that come with lack of sleep. Because of the busy world we live in, insomnia has become a huge problem for this generation, requiring expensive treatment and medication.
But what if you suffer from the opposite? Is there anything bad from catching too many Zzz’s? In this article, we’ll uncover the truth about the dark side of oversleeping.
According to experts, oversleeping can wreak some serious side effects for those who have been doing it for a long time. No need to worry if you’ve slept 13 hours straight that one time. That’s just your body trying to recover from fatigue and stress.
However, if you’ve been oversleeping almost every night for over 2 months now, then that should start to alarm you. Oversleeping can be a symptom of underlying medical problems that you might have not addressed. Schedule a visit with a doctor as soon as you can so that you can get to the root of the problem.
OVERSLEEPING & DIABETES
Over the past years, many studies have been conducted trying to prove the correlation between oversleeping and diabetes. It’s noted that almost 50% of respondents who sleep more than 9 hours/day suffer from diabetes. Please note that oversleeping doesn’t cause diabetes; rather, it’s a symptom that there’s something wrong with your system.
OVERSLEEPING & DEPRESSION
Another common problem shared by people who oversleep is depression. Although a lot of people think that depression is more common with people who sufer from insomnia, studies show that as much as 15% of people who suffer from depression would rather snooze their blues away.
OVERSLEEPING & OBESITY
Sleeping more means that you become less active. This gives the body less opportunity to utilize energy; thus, it gets stored as fat. Eventually, this leads to lethargy and obesity.
OVERSLEEPING & BACK PAIN
People who oversleep are also likely to complain about back pain. Lying in bed may seem like a comfortable idea, but doing it all day can wreak havoc on your muscle and bone.
OVERSLEEPING & HEART DISEASE
Another disturbing finding: People who oversleep have a higher risk of suffering from heart ailments compared to people who sleep for 6-8 hours a day. It may not be fully explored yet, but people who sleep over 9 hours have a higher death rate. Talk about morbid.
Oversleeping can be a dangerous habit, but the good news is, it can be controlled. All it takes is proper sleep management and some helpful sleep-inducing tips. Here at URATEX, we have countless tips on how you can get comfortable sleep. Just click here, and here, and here!
Have any tips that you’d like to share on how our readers can get quality sleep? Whether it’s something as simple as drinking a warm glass of milk, or crazy like doing 30 jumping jacks before bed (yes, we know someone who does this!), let us know on the comments section below.