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Is getting too much sleep a problem? is there a such thing as getting too much sleep i go to bed about 10pm and wake up around 5am or 6am, i take a nap around 2pm to 3pm and wake up around 6pm i am an anemic and a border line diabetic and high blood press

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Hello, : Hello, it sounds like you get between 10 to 12 hours of sleep per 24 hours. It is preferrable to not take naps. I think a big question is why you sleep the amount that you sleep. If you are depressed, fatigued and exhaust easily- that would not be good and should be addressed. If you use sleep as away to avoid stressors, you may be sleeping far more than your body actually needs to and that too would need to be explored. We tend to need less sleep over time. Infants sleep the majority of the time and as you get older that decreases. Sleep is essential - it is the body and mind's time to repair. The quality of sleep is also important. If you are sleeping more than your body actually needs, you may be missing out on life's activities and you might not be physically active. I would ask yourself these questions. If you are physically healthy, don't use sleep as a defense mechanism then this might be the amount of sleep that your body needs.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
9 hours or less: Try to limit your sleeping time to less than 9 hours. Your other health issues would be helped with regular exercise. Try to start your day with 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise. You ought to consult your doctor for evaluation of anemia and blood pressure. You may take oral iron and multivitamins. For nutrition visit: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.
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Last updated Dec 25, 2018


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