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A 21-year-old female asked:

how do you tell if your sleeping to much?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Sleeping Too Much: This is usually a very common sign of depression. I would recommend that you get to your family physician to discuss what you are feeling and how you are experiencing your joys and sorrows. You very well may be depressed.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Sleep: Most studies show sleep requirement is between 6 to 8 hours, more or less causes morbidity or mortality as long as you average this amount and feel refreshed you should be fine if you are sleeping above your usual baseline then please get a sleep study done, rule out medical and psychiatric causes.

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Should I worry that my baby sleeps so much?

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Dr. Michael Joseph
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No: Given that it is normal for newborns to sleep 16 - 20 hours per day they often seem like they are sleeping all of the time. Their sleep is often divided evenly throughout the day and the night. Many infants need stimulus to stay awake even during feeding.

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