Causes Of Too Much Sleeping And It’s Side Effects

We all already aware of the dangerous effect of less sleep on our health. No doubt a good night’s sleep is essential for health. But did you know the harmful effects of oversleeping? By oversleeping you can get affected by many medical problems like heart disease, diabetes and increases the risk of death.

According to research, there are two factors strongly associated with oversleeping, depression and low socioeconomic status. For example, those people who have lower socioeconomic status, can’t take care of their health and due to this many undiagnosed illnesses can occur like heart disease which may become the cause of oversleeping.

How much Sleep is enough?

The amount of required sleep varies from person to person according to their age and activity level, general health and lifestyle habits. For example, when you have stress or any health issue, your sleeping period can be increased. However, sleep needs differ over time and from person to person. According to experts study, adults should sleep between 7 to 9 hours each night.

Why do people oversleeping

The people who sleep too much, actually having a medical disorder and suffer from hypersomnia. Due to hypersomnia people takes extreme sleepiness throughout the day, which cannot be relieved by napping. In this condition, people usually sleep at night for a long period of time. People suffer from hypersomnia can have many other symptoms like low energy, anxiety, and memory problems and always require the need for sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes people to stop breathing during sleep, it can also lead to increased need for sleep because it disrupts the normal sleep cycle.

It’s not necessary that everyone have the sleeping disorder. There are also many other causes for oversleeping like using of alcohol and other prescription medications. Many other medical conditions like depression can cause people to oversleep and most people simply want to sleep a lot.

Medical Problems Due to oversleeping


According to USA study about 9000 people, a researcher found a relationship between sleep and possibility of diabetes. The people who slept more than 9 hours had 50% chance of diabetes than other people who slept seven hours a night. The risk of diabetes also increased in that person who slept less than 5 hours. Although researcher can’t find the basic relationship between diabetes and sleep, they suggested that oversleeping is not good for health at all, it increases the likelihood of diabetes.


Sleeping too many causes the weight gain. According to one study of the USA, people who slept for 9 to 10 hours every night showed weight gain than other people who slept between seven and eight hours.


Oversleeping on a weekend or holiday can cause a headache. According to research, headache appeared due to an effect on certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin. People having too much sleep during day time and disrupt their night’s sleep may suffer from headaches.

4.Back pain

There was an old time when doctors told people for laydown straight to bed who suffering from back pain. But those days have gone.  You should not stop your daily exercise when you suffer from back pain. Consult with your doctor. According to the recent study, you should not increase your sleeping period when you suffer from back pain.


As you know insomnia is more linked to depression. It is examined that 15% of people with depression, sleep too much. And due to oversleeping their depression can be worse. So regular sleep habit is important to the recovery process.

6.Heart Disease

The Nurse’s Health Study researchers research on almost 72,000 women. According to its research result, the women who slept more than nine hours per night were 38% likely to have coronary heart disease than women who slept eight hours per night. Although it cannot be found the relation between oversleeping and heart disease, it’s recommended to avoid from oversleeping.


It is examined by multiple studies that people who sleep 9 or more hours at night have significantly higher death rates than people who sleep seven to eight hours at night. There is no any reason determined by this correlation.