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Can Too Much Sleep Be Harmful?

Can Too Much Sleep Be Harmful?
December 20
22:00 2018

Over the past few decades, we have been bombarded with numerous studies and warnings about the dangers of not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. We’re told that everyone needs at least 6-8 hours of restful sleep every night.

A lack of sleep can cause chronic fatigue which directly effects the ability to think, reason and react, all of which can negatively impact one’s job performance, driving ability and chances to avoid an accident. It also causes stress on the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and brain.

The bottom line is that a regular lack of sleep increases the risk of numerous health conditions and dying at an earlier age.

This is why sleep clinics and sleep aides are so popular. I can’t tell you how many people I know who sleep with a CPAP machine to counter the effects of sleep apnea, in order to help them get enough sleep. I know this all to well as I’ve been sleeping with a CPAP machine for the past 15 years or so. It helps, however, I have 2 other sleep disorders that work opposite sleep apnea plus I  am in constant pain which wakes me frequently during the night. A good night’s sleep for me is to get a total of 41/2 to 5 hours during an 8-hour period, but that’s adding all of the 10-15 sleep periods together. I know the dangers it presents to me, but I have no alternative.

But, can you sleep too much sleep?

Check this out:

“Looking at data from 21 countries, across seven regions, the research team found that people sleeping more than the recommended upper limit of eight hours increased their risk of risk of major cardiovascular events, like stroke or heart failure, as well as death by up to 41%.”

However, the researchers did note that in many cases of people sleeping more than 8 hours a day, there are other health conditions that are involved, thus, not taking into cause and effect.

I know someone very well who can easily sleep 10-12 hours a day if given the chance. If she doesn’t get between 8-10 of sleep a night, she is fatigued and struggles all day long. If this happens too many days in a row, it greatly impacts her in many ways. Her excess sleeping is due to a medical condition that has no known cure and causes fatigue and the need for extra sleep and sadly, so many others fail to understand and often think she is just lazy, when in fact, she can’t help it.

What if you get just 8 hours of sleep a night, but take a daytime nap?

According to Chuangshi Wang, a Ph.D. student at McMaster and Peking Union Medical College in China:

“Daytime napping was associated with increased risks of major cardiovascular events and deaths in those with [more than] six hours of nighttime sleep but not in those sleeping [less than] 6 hours a night.”

It seems that all of us need to strive to get between 6-8 of sleep a day. Less than 6 hours and more than 8 hours of sleep on a regular basis increases the risk of other health conditions and dying younger.



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