Concealed Effects Of Too Much Sleep

Written by Julius Magembe

Too much sleep raises the risk of chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, obesity, and depression.

Leads To Type Two Diabetes

People who have poor sleeping habits are at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Many people still don’t understand how too much sleep causes type two diabetes. when one sleeps for long hours, they feel tired when they wake up. At the moment when our body feels tired, the hormone that controls our sugar doesn’t work well and this may lead to rise in the stress hormones. At this point, insulin finds difficulty in working well and this may lead to too much glucose in our bloodstream. This may then lead to type 2 diabetes. If one already has type 2 diabetes and sleeps a lot or has poor sleeping habits, the problems might get worse.


Causes Heart-Related Diseases

Although sleep provides time for the body to restore and recharge, excessive sleep duration put the body into a state of stress. This creates elevated levels of C-Reactive proteins. C-Reactive protein is a key inflammatory marker associated with heart disease. Similarly, Arthelosclerotic Cardiovascular disease may be associated with getting few hours of sleep. Research has shown that sleeping more than seven or less than six hours a night is a high risk of getting a heart attack or a stroke.

Disrupted sleep patterns can also be linked to heart attacks and cardiovascular disorders which may lead to early death. Experts have also recommended that people should sleep on the right side of their body. Sleeping on the right side of the body reduces pressure on the heart and stabilizes your blood pressure leading to a healthier heart.


Too Sleep Causes Depression

Depression is a serious mood disorder that affects how you feel, think and handle daily activities. Research has shown that many people suffering from depression tend to use sleep to avoid their feelings. When a person has overslept, they wake up feeling that they have lost a lot on the day since their time was eaten. It is even worse when oversleeping makes them miss important functions.

Oversleeping does not cause depression but when it makes a person miss out on some things, they start being depressed. Excessive sleep itself is a symptom of depression but it can worsen the depression symptoms. Getting quality and enough sleep at night is one of the important mechanisms of managing depression . Good sleep gives a person better energy and good focus in life thus avoiding depression.


Too Much Sleep Causes Headache

When you lie down to sleep, blood vessels that run through the head and neck become compressed. This restricts blood flow, causing headaches. Too much sleep leads to increased compression of these blood vessels and this causes the head to be in pain. For people prone to headaches, having longer sleep time during vacations and weekends may lead to headaches. Changes in sleep patterns may also lead to headaches like staying up late or waking up earlier than usual. Excessive hours of sleep using a pillow can also cause headaches. The use of pillows puts the neck in an awkward position during sleeping hours thus straining neck muscles. Long hours of sleep thus create tension at the base of the head leading to headaches.

Relaxation techniques such as gentle massage on the painful areas and the use of a cool compress to the forehead and to the back of the neck can help reduce the headache.

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