I was sleeping a lot. I can even remember saying to a friend or two in the last six months that 8 hours just isn’t enough for me. I need more. Nine or 10 maybe. But the weird thing is I also knew I had not always been this way. I used to sleep less. Need less. This made me wonder, can you sleep too much?
Can You Sleep Too Much?
Over time, I allowed myself to sleep a little more thinking it would help me be at my best and that it was what I needed. Fast forward to today. I’ve recently started eating even healthier and I’m back on my multivitamins. Sleeping 8 hours has been plenty for me lately. Even 7 will do. I wake up refreshed and eager to tackle the day.
This left me thinking maybe my body didn’t need that sleep. Maybe I was coping. Maybe I had nutritional deficiencies that were leaving me exhausted each day. Maybe I was caught in a cycle of oversleeping which can lead to depression, stress and more. Today I want to share a few facts about the amount of sleep adults need daily, and to answer the title of this post. Yes, you can sleep too much which answered my question,
- It’s called oversleeping and there are real side effects including: diabetes, heart disease and increased risk of death.
- The amount of sleep you need varies throughout life. During times of stress or illness you may need more.
- People who oversleep can feel symptoms of anxiety, low energy and have memory problems.
- Oversleepers typically sleep 9+ hours a night on a regular basis.
- In rare circumstances someone may need 9+ hours of sleep per night. A doctor can help advise if this is the case for you. Less than 2 percent of the population falls into this category.
- What should you do if you fall under any of these categories or symptoms? See your family physician, ask questions and get assistance in finding out why you may be oversleeping.
- How many hours of sleep is normal or needed for a typical adult? Experts say 7 to 8 hours per night.
I hope this post is helpful in determining how much sleep you need, what is normal and what your body may require during specific times of need. Sleep can vary from person to person and during different life changes the amount of sleep required to feel rested may change.