What are the health effects of too much sleep?
Impacts of Hypersomnia
• Cognitive Impairment
Oversleeping creates a slight but noticeable and measurable drop in cognitive abilities, including memory and thinking skills.
People with long sleep duration are also more likely to have tenacious depression or anxiety symptoms than normal sleepers.
• Increased inflammation
Inflammation in the body is linked with an increased risk of everything from diabetes to heart disease to Alzheimer’s disease.
• Increased pain
Oversleeping ties with higher rates of headaches and back pain.
• Impaired fertility
Sleeping outside the normal range can influence hormones and circadian cycles.
Researchers have found that short and long sleepers gained more weight than normal sleepers over the six years.
Studies have revealed that sleeping too long can raise the risk for diabetes.
• Heart diseases
People sleeping more than eight hours per night were twice as likely to have Angina (chest pain induced by reduced blood flow) and 10% more likely to have coronary heart disease.
• Higher risk of stroke
People who slept over 8 hours were 46% more likely to have a stroke.
• Higher all-cause mortality
Other associated health issues like obesity, heart disease, stroke, and longer-than-normal sleeping are also higher mortality risks.