Causes of Oversleeping


We all have often heard about insomnia and difficulty of sleeping due to various factors like stress. While there is no denying the fact that sleep is essential to rejuvenate one’s mind and body, oversleeping or hypersomnia is not an indication of proper health. After all, oversleeping too is a kind of sleep disorder which can be indicative of some underlying problems. Given below are some causes which can lead you to sleep normal than the expected time.

Oversleeping is a subjective phenomenon as the amount of sleep required by the body varies from person to person and also from situation to situation. You may sleep for a longer period of time due to overexertion and also when you are not well. Similarly, during periods of stress, some people might get sleepless nights while others might sleep longer than the normal time. Thus, oversleeping in one or two instances is not a thing to get worried about. However, if you are displaying longer incidents of oversleeping which are occurring almost everyday, then it may be an indicative of some underlying problem. Many people who suffer from long periods of sleep are affected by the problem of obstructive sleep apnea. In this kind of disorder, the normal cycle of sleep is disrupted due to momentarily loss of breath during deep sleep. This in turn makes the person sleepier throughout the day. People with hypersomnia also often suffer from increased anxiety, memory loss problems and a general fatigue and feeling of tiredness. Narcolepsy is a neurological problem which leads to the problem of oversleeping. People with this problem face difficulty in distinguishing between times of falling asleep and staying awake. While oversleeping can be a result of above given factors, it can also lead to some medical problems. Research has found out a relationship between oversleeping and increased risk of diabetes. Similarly, obesity is another problem which can be a result of oversleeping and lethargic lifestyle.

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