Sleeping too much for hours and hours can affect your health, weight, and mood. Mascos tells you why you should measure your laziness and time under the blankets.
If doctors agree on something, sleep is crucial for health. Not only is it necessary to stay alert and focused during the day. Sleep recharges and recovers the body from daily burdens and fatigue.
But above all, it reduces the risk of suffering from diseases such as obesity, diabetes or even premature death, according to the National Health Service of England.
“People who sleep more than 10 hours a day tend to have worse health than those who sleep an average of 7 or 8 hours,” says Susan Redline, a professor at Harvard University and a physician in the division of sleep disorders. from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA.
The necessary hours of sleep vary, depending on the age of the people and other circumstances, explains Daniel Hernández Gordillo, ahead pulmonologist at the Sleep Clinic of the Mexican Institute of Social Security, IMSS, in Jalisco, Mexico.
Newborns need up to 20 hours of sleep per day. Adolescents require between seven and nine hours a day, while adults require six to eight hours maximum.
Sleeping too much can cause certain diseases, says Michael Irwin, a psychiatrist in behavioral science and a professor at the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
The reason is that “prolonged sleep,” which lasts more than 8 hours, is usually a light sleep. This means that a deep and constant state of sleep is not reached.
In conclusion, sleeping too much can be as harmful as sleeping too little. These are some of the health risks.
1. Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. Women tend to sleep more than men, which puts them in a more vulnerable position and increases the risk that develops heart problems.
2. Metabolic alterations
Many international studies have shown that people who do not sleep enough often have weight problems. But there is also a relationship between obesity and excessive sleep.
Although it is not a simple “cause and effect” relationship, “it is a fact that there is a connection,” says Irwin. “One of the theories says that too much sleep translates into little physical activity, and those who sleep too much have less time available in which they can be active,” says Redline.
3. Risk of developing diabetes
Sleeping too much can raise sugar levels (as it happens when you sleep too little). High levels of glucose in the blood can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, complements the professor of Harvard University, Susan Redline.
4. The brain slows down
Can not you concentrate? Blame while you pass between the blankets. Chronic prolonged sleep can age your brain at a higher rate. This premature aging can generate difficulties in the optimal development of daily activities, according to research published in the Journal of the Geriatric Society of the United States.
Michael Irwin says that the cause of people who sleep too much have problems with basic mental functioning may reside in the number of times they wake up during the night. If you wake up frequently, you are probably not reaching the deep state of sleep necessary for the body to be restored.
5. Risk of dying prematurely
It sounds radical but it is a reality. Large-scale epidemiological studies have shown that people who sleep too much die prematurely. Again, it is not due to a cause and effect relationship. According to Irwin, the probability of dying prematurely increases if you have diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Both diseases are related to excess or sleep deficit.
6. The mood can suffer
Depression and sleep have a close relationship. According to Irwin, people who suffer from some type of depression tend to sleep more. On the other hand, people diagnosed with depression, who sleep more than recommended, may get worse.