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Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Sleep?

Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Sleep?

Ever heard the phrase too much of a good thing? Well, it can also apply to sleep. While we talk about sleep issues at length, we usually skip right to lack of sleep. However, oversleeping can be just as bad for your health. So, what is too much sleep? The recommended duration each night for adults is 7-9 hours. If you find yourself in bed for prolonged amounts of time, this could be a sign that you’re not getting quality sleep. This can lead to both physical and mental health issues.

Here are our best tips to avoid oversleeping:

  1. Don’t ‘overcompensate’ on weekends by sleeping in longer. This schedule inconsistency will negatively impact your circadian rhythm (our internal clock that keeps us sleeping soundly).
  2. Avoid naps. Naps during your day can make it more difficult to fall asleep at night. Again, this can throw off your circadian rhythm.
  3. Wake up to sunshine. Darkening blinds can keep us in the dark for longer than need be, and without the bright light, our bodies may stay asleep longer than need be.

Being in bed doesn’t always mean you’re getting the rest your mind and body require. Like everything in life, all is good in moderation!