There is lot of research has been done on sleeping hours and lot of facts are shown to confirm how much a person should sleep in 24hrs.Many people says that they love to sleep for longer hours and some people sleep only 5-6 hrs,so it’s all related to habits and lifestyle.
Who doesn’t love to to sleep?, “everyone”, we all love to sleep because sleep is the main process of our body,during sleep all biological processes starts like the body repairs the cells,restore energy and release molecules like proteins and hormones.The brain stores new information and get rid of toxic waste. It repairs the body muscles and our brain processes all the data collected throughout the day and also checks for future possibilities(dreams!) etc.I will be writing a separate blog on this where we will briefly discuss what happens during sleep and how it is very crucial part of our life.
National sleep foundation guidelines advises healthy adults need between 7-9 hours and young children,teens,babies even need more for their growth and development and people over 60-65 should also get 7-8 hours of sleep.This is just the guidelines made based on human body research. So now if a person is sleeping more than 8 hrs which can not be considered good for health based on the lifestyle he or she is living.
Many experiments have confirmed that if you are sleeping more than 8 hrs will cause your bones and core muscles weaken.You will start feeling back aches as the muscles which support your spine get weaken.
There should be fine balance between your sleeping hours and active life.If you sleep 7-8 hrs your body functions at it’s best but when you oversleep like 12 hrs per night,so there will be some negative effects on your body.
Side effects of sleeping more than 8 hours
- Productivity issues
- Symptoms of anxiety
- Extreme sleepiness unresolved by napping
- Low energy during the day
- Memory impairment
- Impaired fertility
- Higher risk of heart disease
- Higher risk of obesity
- Higher risk of diabetes
- Higher risk of stroke
- increased inflammation
After knowing all this side effects you must have understood that you need a lifestyle change.There is no harm in sleeping 10 hours if you are doing extensive physical activities throught the day.Sleep is required to rebuild your energy,body and muscles.If you are just lying down for 10 hours and doing nothing but increasing cholesterol,body mass and diabetes in long run.
If someone is sleeping too much or more than 9 hours then the quality of sleep should be evaluated.If the quality of sleep is poor then It could result in more time in bed.Your body needs deep restorative sleep if that is not happening during the recommended 8 hours sleep,your body will instinctively try to prolong the sleep period to obtain the quality of sleep it needed.