5 Ways Sleeping Too Much Can Be Dangerous For Your Health

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It’s surprising that something we’re told that we need to get enough of, if overdone, can actually be bad for your health. Perhaps we all need to cut back on our love affair with beds and really stick to expert advice that healthy male adults need between 7 to 9 hours a night, although that number can vary from person to person, depending upon your activity levels and your general lifestyle habits. If you find yourself logging more than 9 hours each night, it may actually be a sign of an underlying medical condition and could be putting you at risk for other health concerns. Here are 5 of the biggest health risks of catching too much shut eye.

1. It can increase your chances of suffering from depression

According to a 2014 study that was conducted with adult twins and published in the journal Sleep, researchers found that long sleep duration increased a person’s risk of depression symptoms. In the study, the participants who slept between 7 to 9 hours a night had a 27% heritability of depressive symptoms, while those who slept for 9 or more hours had a 49% heritability.

2. It can increase your risk for diabetes

In a small study out of the Université Laval, Quebec, researchers discovered that people in a controlled study accounting for differences in body mass, who slept more than 8 hours a night were twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance over a six-year period than people who slept between 7 to 8 hours a night.

3. It can lead to weight gain

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The same researches from Quebec looked at body weight and fat gain among Quebec adults over a six-year period in relation to their sleep amounts. The researchers found that short and long sleepers gained more weight over the six years than people who slept the recommended 7 to 8 hours a night. The researchers found that those people who slept 9 to 10 hours each night were 25% more likely to have gained about 11 pounds during the study period, which controlled food intake and physical activity.

4. It can raise your risk of stroke

A new analysis that was reported by CBSNews and recently published in the journal Neurology found that adults who sleep more than 8 hours a night may be at a higher risk of having a stroke. Researchers dubbed these people “long sleepers” and were 46% more likely to have a stroke than those who only got 6 to 8 hours a night. The researchers noted however that they are unsure of the causality, whether longer sleep is the cause, consequence, or early warning sign of declining brain health.

5. It can lead to an earlier death

According to a 2010 review of 16 different studies, researchers found an increased risk of dying, of no particular (or any) cause, among both short and long sleepers. They found that sleeping more than 8 hours a night was associated with a 1.3 times greater risk of death among the 1,382,999 various study participants.

If you find yourself in the long-sleeper category, Dr. Alberto Ramos, an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, says to consider your long sleeping time as a vital warning signal that you cannot ignore. But “the change in sleeping patterns is more the concern,” he said to CBSNews. Dr. Ramos advises long sleepers to monitor their lifestyle, make sure they eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

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