Is Sleeping too much really bad for you ?

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We’re constantly hearing how important it is to get enough sleep, not just for our physical health so that our body can rest and repair itself, but also for our mental health too. Not sleeping enough can trigger anxiety and depression as well as numerous other problems.

However, sleeping too much can be just as detrimental to our physical and mental health says a recent study.

According to Doctor Prakash Lulla, a general practitioner in Mumbai, India, sleeping more than 6 to 8 hours a day could shorten lifespan by as much as 17 percent. Now that is quite a significant figure by anyone’s standards.

Dr Lulla also says that sleeping too much can cause diabetes, high blood pressure, headaches, and heart disease and even lead to obesity.

“One of the most common effects of oversleeping is obesity” says Mumbai-based Psychologist, Dr Sunita Dube. “Tiredness, irritability and fatigue are other effects”, she adds.

So if you are getting too much sleep the key is to discover why you need to sleep too much and to deal with that.

According to Dr Dube sleeping too much can signify depression and as much as 15 percent of people who have been diagnosed with depression sleep too much. Other causes of sleeping too much include illness, poor diet, and lack of exercise.

Dr Lulla and Dr Dube say that if you are sleeping too much there are some things you can do to improve the quality of your sleep and help to prevent yourself from getting too much sleep.

  • Don’t eat in the previous three hours before going to bed
  • Avoid drinking tea or coffee before going to sleep
  • Shower in the evening
  • Exercise regularly
  • Listen to some relaxing music or indulge in some other relaxing activity to unwind before going to sleep
  • Set a time for waking up in the morning and get up then, the earlier the better they say. “Waking up at 6 in the morning will help you sleep better at night and make the most of your day” says Dr Lulla.
  • Get fresh air in your bedroom
  • Don’t sleep during the day although an afternoon nap of 45 minutes is fine
  • Clear your mind of worries. “Avoid negative thinking just before you sleep. Try calming techniques like meditation or Shavasana” recommends Dr Dube

If you are still sleeping too much or you know someone who is then it is advisable to visit a doctor for a check up.

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