Although the amount of sleep you need can vary depending on age, most average adults should be getting at least seven hours each night. Oversleeping on occasion can be a healthy way for your body to make up for being sick or not getting enough sleep, but if you regularly sleep in, there may be an underlying health concern that is causing the habit, such as:
- Sleep apnea – because sleep apnea prevents you from getting quality, restful sleep, you may find yourself wanting to sleep longer and/or more frequently.
- Depression – while many individuals who suffer from depression have difficulty sleeping, it can also sometimes cause people to sleep too much.
- Narcolepsy – this rare condition can cause a person to fall asleep uncontrollably, at any time of day.
Additionally, chronic oversleeping has been linked to an increased risk of developing a variety of other health issues, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. It has also been connected to impaired fertility, memory loss/cognitive impairment, increased pain, and more. These associated health risks (including conditions like depression) can often become worse with oversleeping, and vice versa—so talking to your doctor and getting to the root of why it is happening is extremely important.
If you discover that sleep apnea is responsible for affecting your sleep patterns, we may be able to help. To learn more about our available treatment options, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today. I look forward to helping you achieve healthy, quality sleep!
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