How to know you are sleeping too much

How to know you sleep too much

Sleeping too much is bad for your health, it increases your risk of depression, dementia, Kidney and liver diseases, diabetes, stroke, heart conditions and even death. The amount of sleep you need depends on your age, activities and lifestyle. However, it is recommended that an adult gets 7-9 hours of sleep every day for optimum performance and overall wellbeing. For adults, sleeping too much is when you sleep for more than 9 hours in 24 hours.

Some people who sleep 10-12hours and more per night to feel refreshed suffer from hypersomnia. This condition is triggered when you do not get enough sleep regularly. Your body tries to make up for sleep lost by oversleeping.

 Sleeping is good and helps you perform optimally but too much sleep or long sleeping is bad.

Here’s how to know you are sleeping too much:

Memory problems

Just because you are at leverage to sleep for 10-hours or more doesn’t mean you should. New research found that sleeping for more than 9 hours a night could be an early sign of dementia. So, if you are struggling with concentration, a hazy memory or a thinking problem it could possibly be a symptom of oversleeping. Read also: How poor sleep habits can increase your risk of having dementia

Head Aches

Sleeping too much is a common trigger for headaches.  According to scientific research, oversleeping has an effect on the neurotransmitters in your brain, specifically serotonin.  Serotonin signals our body to wake up and to fall asleep. Unfortunately, long sleeping can disrupt your sleep cycle. People who sleep in at weekends, vacations, and day or at nighttime suffer headaches because of this. If you frequently suffer headaches you should check for a lack of sleep or too much sleep.

Excessively tired

Oversleeping induces a sense of fatigue. When you sleep too much, your energy level will be low and you might find yourself dragging the next day and too unmotivated to work.  Therefore, do not be surprised if you feel less refreshed and energized after sleeping longer than usual. Again, if you experience excessive daytime tiredness or fatigue, it might just be that you’ve been snoozing too much.


Long sleeping is not a luxury, it can mess up your health.  If you constantly feel anxious, guilty and irritable after long hours of sleep, it is a sign that you are oversleeping.

Depression and mood changes

A study shows that people who sleep longer than 8 hours can experience depression more than people who sleep 8 hours or fewer. However, oversleeping can be a sign of depression, yet in other cases sleeping too much could lead to depression. This sometimes makes you stay in bed to sleep more. Similarly, if you are easily irritated, exhibit rude behaviours and switch moods often it could be a sign of oversleeping. Read also: How poor sleep could lead to depression

Excessive daytime sleepiness

Prolonged sleeping oftentimes results in excessive daytime sleepiness or napping. Rather than a renewed energy, you feel fatigued and drowsy all day if you wake up later than usual. Hence, you will doze off on a task and even take a prolonged nap at intervals due to low energy.


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