Do you sometimes feel your eyes get really droopy and just want to hit the sack? In some instances, dizziness starts to kick in and even your concentration on doing something is disturbed. The weird thing is, you are pretty sure it isn’t some hangover side effects and you had more than enough sleep last night. Could the later be the cause of the condition?
Belief: Inadequate sleep is bad. Too much sleep is also not good.
Though not so much practiced, it is believed that it is important to get enough sleep to maintain a good health. Lack of sleep is one of the contributory factors to practically all types of diseases, from heart problems to infection.
On the average, an individual sleeps on about 33% of his entire lifetime. How about if you slept a little over the average number? Could it be considered too much? Is also oversleeping not good as undersleeping? Why is this so?
CDC: Millions of people use sleep aids
Fact: Sleeping too much can actually have a bad effect on your health status
One of the most famous and widely searched medical website, WebMD, mentioned that the number of sleeping hours a normal person requires “depends on your age and activity level as well as your general health and lifestyle habits.”
According to a popular advice, a person needs to have adequate rest and sleep for about seven to nine hours in average. However, there are certain circumstances in our day to day living that requires us to have more.
Some people, especially those who are recuperating from an ailment condition or major surgical procedure and who experienced changes in time zones, may necessitate more hours of sleep than normal as said by Harvard’s Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine executive director, Russell Sanna.
On the other hand, those persons who have the luxury of daily sleeping time of 12 hours or more should never be encouraged. “Sleep drunkenness”, is a condition called for the groggy feeling after oversleeping, as stated by the Northshore Sleep Medicine director, Dr. Lisa Shives in Evanston, Illinois. Infrequent oversleeping does not cause any serious ill effects on one’s health. However, if an individual is constantly oversleeping and wakes up having “sleep drunkenness” syndrome, one should seek the professional advice of a doctor.
Though, just because you can sleep for 12 hours on a daily basis doesn’t mean you should.
Hypersomnia, is a medical disorder wherein a person has more than typical daytime sleepiness or sleep during the night. Hypersomniacs take nap on more occasions than one in a single day. Naps unusually happen during inappropriate instances like during work or normal activities. The need to sleep overcomes rest for feeling tired. Even though they sleep most of the time, persons suffering from this condition don’t feel energized or relaxed after the nap. Disorientation is the common after effect of waking from naps. Other symptoms such as restlessness, anxiety, and loss of memory and appetite may also come along. In some instances, a hypersomniac may have social problems.
What might be the cause of it? According to WebMD, several researches show that it may be the cause of “another sleep disorder… dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system… drug or alcohol abuse… (or) injury to the central nervous system.” Specific types of medicines may also be the reason for hypersomnia. Medicine withdrawal can cause the condition to happen. In some rare cases, oversleeping has been linked to thyroid problems, liver and kidney conditions, dementia and even depression.
In doing either of the two ways, under or oversleeping, the health of an individual is still at risk. Both practices can render a person to a higher mortality rate as compared to average. To sum it up, sleeping adequately is the right choice.
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“Are you Sleeping too Much?” by Jana Kaplan, CNN-Empowered Patient