There is often a lot of hype about not getting enough sleep, however on the other end of the spectrum oversleeping also appears to have a few risks. More evidence is suggesting that spending an excess amount of time in bed is also linked to several health hazards. It appears to influence certain risk factors and maybe a symptom of some other medical conditions.

They that somewhere between the range of 7-9 hours is normal and healthy for most adults between the age of 18 and 64 years. Some have suggested that having closer to 7 hours of sleep per night could actually be better for you. But of course the right amount of sleep proves somewhat individual as some people may feel excellent and ready for the day on seven hours sleep, but other people may need a little longer.

But oversleeping has been linked to a number of different medical conditions, several trends have emerged that appear to link oversleeping to increased rates of mortality and disease as well as things such as depression. Highlighted below are just some of the things linked to longer sleeping habits:

  • Cognitive impairment
  • depression
  • increased inflammation
  • increased pain
  • impaired fertility
  • higher risk of obesity
  • higher risk of diabetes
  • higher risk of heart disease
  • higher risk of stroke
  • higher all-cause mortality

So this blog highlights the importance of getting the right balance with your sleep. Sleep too little and you’re in for a miserable day as well as some risks, and sleep too much and you could increase the chance of some serious health risks. So be sure to find the balance that is right for you.

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