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The amount of sleep that is ideal for each individual varies from person to person. However, the National Sleep Foundation recommends adults get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If you are consistently sleeping more than 9 hours regularly, you may be sleeping too much.
Alternatively, if you are consistently sleeping less than 7 hours, you may be sleeping too little.
Additionally, if you feel tired and sluggish during the day or have difficulty concentrating or focusing, it is likely you are not getting enough sleep.
Side-effects of getting too little sleep:
- Poor concentration and focus
- Impaired decision-making and judgment
- Increased risk of accidents
- Weak immune system
- Irritability and mood swings
- Increased stress
- Increased risk of obesity and diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Increased risk of heart disease and stroke
- Premature aging
Side-effects of getting too much sleep:
- Weight gain: People who sleep too much are more likely to gain weight due to decreased metabolic rate, increased appetite, and decreased physical activity.
- Diabetes: Oversleeping has been linked to a higher risk of developing diabetes.
- Headaches: Long sleep duration has been linked to an increased risk of headaches, particularly in women.
- Back pain: Excessive sleeping can lead to an increased risk of back pain due to poor posture and muscle weakness.
- Depression: Oversleeping may be a symptom of depression and can lead to a worsening of symptoms.
- Memory problems: Too much sleep can lead to problems with concentration and memory.