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Excessive Sleeping (Definition)

Oversleeping is a symptom in which one sleeps more than average and does not feel rested upon awaking. It can be due to a number of physical and mental health issues such as ...Read more


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My baby is 6 mo is there such thing as sleeping too much during the night? She sleeps 12 hrs but lately her day time naps have been shorter..

My baby is 6 mo is there such thing as sleeping too much during the night? She sleeps 12 hrs but lately her day time naps have been shorter..

Lucky mom: As long as a kid is eating well enough during the day to sustain a normal growth rate, an extended 8 or more hour sleep period at night is fine. Baby is likely waking at least once & resettling like adults do. The babies digestive system has a good 12+ hours of material from which to support the babies sleep, without re-feeding. Enjoy the pattern. ...Read more

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When can I start leaving my baby sleeping on her stomache?

When can I start leaving my baby sleeping on her stomache?

Depends on age: It is not clear what your infants age is, but some "tummy time" is good for development from birth...But sleeping on her back leads to a 50% decrease in sudden infant death. Some infants will begin to roll over in sleep by about 4-5 months and i advise that this is ok but i advise leaving them on back as long as possible for sleep initiation. ...Read more

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3 months baby sleeping longer at night 4-5 hours and feeding less than usual, around 3 1/2oz- 4oz, she used to take 5oz.. She breastfeeds?

3 months baby sleeping longer at night 4-5 hours and feeding less than usual,  around 3 1/2oz- 4oz, she used to take 5oz.. She breastfeeds?

May be ok: As long as a 3 month-old baby is happy, interactive, gaining weight, not fussy; and has no ill signs such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or rashes, then he may be normal (because babies change their eating and sleeping habits as they grow). A 3 month-old baby can sleep 6-7 hours at night. The amount he breastfeeds is usually unknown (isn't measured). The doctor can re-check his weight and length. ...Read more

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My 8mth baby v.cranky for last 2days wailing all time&today sleeping too much, not takin much solid but lots of formula milk, no fever, is he sick?

My 8mth baby v.cranky for last 2days wailing all time&today sleeping too much, not takin much solid but lots of formula milk, no fever, is he sick?

See pediatrician: Babies cry because they are hungry, tired or ill. Have him seen by a doctor ASAP and be safe. Always err on the side of caution. Babies can deteriorate very quickly. ...Read more

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My 7yrs old daughter had asthma and coughing tonite she is using steam Vicks with water.But my 6months baby sleeping with her..Is that ok for my baby?

Maybe,maybe not: I have never been fond of the "vapor" stink as treatment for anything. I find the idea that stinking up the room with a noticeable fume is more likely to aggravate a cough than help it at any age. There are some decongestant effects, but the irritant value is similar to paint fumes. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages to baby sleeping pattern when laying down on his stomach.?

What are the advantages and disadvantages to baby sleeping pattern when laying down on his stomach.?

Stomach sleeping: Doctors recommend that all babies be put on their backs to sleep. The risk of sudden infant death syndrome (sids) is much greater when babies are put on their stomach to sleep. This doesn't mean babies can't have tummy time but you should be awake and watching them while they are on their stomachs. ...Read more

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Can sleeping too much make you sick?

Can sleeping too much make you sick?

Yes: You can get bedsores, be physically deonditioned, develop pneumonia or blood clots in legs. So how long is too long for sleep? If you need a certain amount, get it but don't lay in bed longer than you have to. ...Read more

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Can sleeping too much be bad for you?

Can sleeping too much be bad for you?

It depends: It depends on may things: 1) what do you mean by too much? 2) how does sleeping interfere with your life? 3) what is causing the increased sleep [eg, depression, anxiety, medical problem, medication side effect, drug or alcohol problem, social stresses....]. It sounds like it would be good to get a medical evaluation. Your doctor can suggest next steps. Hope this answer helped. ...Read more

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How can you know if you are sleeping too much?

How can you know if you are sleeping too much?

Is it restorative?: If you wake up and it is next year.
If on awakening you continue to not feel rested - that is one critical feature. Sleeping more than10 hours a night might be considered excessive. The emphasis usually is on restfulness and the quality of your daytime - not sleeping - life. Many illnesses and medications can encourage excessive tiredness and subsequently longer sleep intervals, . ...Read more

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Does sleeping too much influence your appetite?

Depends on why...: You're sleeping too much. If you are just choosing to sleep a lot because you wanna be lazy, you'll be more hungry when you wake up. If you aren't choosing to sleep more but feel tired a lot, see your doc to find out why. ...Read more

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What can help you feel better after sleeping too much?

What can help you feel better after sleeping too much?

Too much?: If you're actually sleeping too much, I am curious about what you mean. What is too much? Too much for what? "hypersomnia" can indicate the presence of a disease or disorder. It's a good idea to discuss this with your main doctor--your go-to primary care physician. People do have differing needs for sleep. Your doctor can help you figure this out. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Sleeping too much?

What is the definition or description of: Sleeping too much?

Sleeping too much: Sleeping too much = hypersomnia = increased amount of sleep (to an undesired amount). This can include
lengthy nighttime sleep, daytime sleep that was not planned & difficulty staying awake during the day. ...Read more

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Do you think I should be worried about my roommate sleeping too much?

Sleeping too much: Everyone has different requirements for sleep. However if your roommate is sleepy more than usual, seems more withdrawn, other things may be going on including depression. You can start by talking with your roommate about your concerns. ...Read more

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What is the major cause for this sleeping too much, is it because this person is very lazy?

What is the major cause for this sleeping too much, is it because this person is very lazy?

Probably not: Sleeping too much can be a sign of several problems. One common problem is obstructive sleep apnea (osa), which is when breathing slows down or stops too many times during the night. Sleep quality is disturbed, and as a result, the person with osa may sleep a large number of hours at night and nap in the daytime, but still be sleep deprived. Depression is another cause of sleeping too much. ...Read more

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I have a problem of sleeping too much I m healthy person I m 34 years old plz tell me suggession I don't want to sleep too much?

I have a problem of sleeping too much I m healthy person I m 34 years old plz tell me suggession I don't want to sleep too much?

Mental or physical?: hi anwarj806 Both mental and physical factors contribute to hypersomnia. Depression is one possibility...people seek sleep to escape from their depression. Overwork is another.. And abnormalities in hormonal control (eg low thyroid), or cortisol (immune defficiencies) or even rarely changes in the part of the brain (hypothalamus) most interested in sleep. Consult your practitioner. ...Read more

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I sleep for 9-10 hours. Am I sleeping too much?

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I sleep for 9-10 hours. Am I sleeping too much?

Most likely not ...: Average sleep duration for adults is 7-8hrs but some get by on 6hrs while others require 9 or more. Check out http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/adult-sleep-needs-and-habits. As long as you can function the next day w/o needing a nap, then you're most likely getting enough. And this assumes that you don't necessarily sleep in any longer during wknds, holidays & vacations to catch up! ...Read more

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Can sleeping too much make you itchy?

Can sleeping too much make you itchy?

No: Only if there are bed bugs on what you are sleeping on. Or if you have an allergy to something in the bedding. ...Read more

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Can sleeping too much make you feel sick?

Sleeping too much: Sleeping too much can cause you more sleepy
average amount of sleep is 8 hours for an adult. Of course the quality of the sleep also counts. If you have problem sleeping too long and still feels tired, check with your doctor for possible obstructive sleep apnea, a common sleeping disorder. ...Read more

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I am tired all the time, could this be due to sleeping too much?

Possibly but I would: Ask if the sleeping and fatigue are both due to something else. Depression, low thyroid function, inactivity/lack of exercise, inadequate exposure to sunlight, poor diet, etc, etc. Please discuss it w your doc. ...Read more

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What are some effective ways to overcome the problem of sleeping too much?

Need to find out why: The real key here is finding out why you sleep too much. You could have sleep apnea, narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia, be a long sleeper, have problems with medications or other medical conditions. Seeing a sleep specialist would help you sort through these. ...Read more

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What should I do if I get a headache from sleeping too much during the day?

What should I do if I get a headache from sleeping too much during the day?

Regulate schedule : work on regulating your sleep schedule. Rise at the same time and sleep at the same time. Limit naps to 20 minutes. You can take a non steroid antiinflammatory as needed for a daytime headache, just keep in mind that rebound headaches can occur with this if used chronically! ...Read more

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Can sleeping too much be harmful? During school holidays, I can sleep at least 10 hours every night. Is it normal?

Can sleeping too much be harmful? During school holidays, I can sleep at least 10 hours every night. Is it normal?

May be, may be not.: You may be one of the so-called "long sleepers" which is considered a normal variant, or you may be "catching up" on volitional sleep deprivation (not giving yourself enough sleep) during the school nights. ...Read more

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What can I do if i'm exhausted from sleeping too much?

Hypersomnia: First step is to get evaluated by your primary care doc. For thorough workup to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Why do I tend to get headaches when sleeping too much?

Why do I tend to get headaches when sleeping too much?

See your doctor: Having recurring illness is troubling. In order to achieve a specific and correct doagnosis with symptoms like this, you'll need to visit your doctor. Only after a face-to-face evaluation will he/she be able to properly diagnose and treat you. ...Read more

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How to stop sleeping too much?I have this problem since 2 or 3 years, all the time i feel sleepy!

How to stop sleeping too much?I have this problem since 2 or 3 years, all the time i feel sleepy!

Sleepy: You should have a sleep test done by a sleep phycisian to figure out your problem. It may be an airway issue, it could be allergies, could be thyroid so i would suggest getting tested. ...Read more

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Does sleeping too much slow brain performance?

Does sleeping too much slow brain performance?

Doubtful: I have never heard of this correlation, but i guess brain performance could be slowed if the sleep interferes with brain stimulation, including learning, etc. The brain needs to be used. If questions, i would research on the web or contact a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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How can I avoid sleeping too much due to depression?

How can I avoid sleeping too much due to depression?

Hypersomnia...: It can be tough! Great question. Often times medication needs to be used and carefully titrated to get you to a place for you feel optimally better. Recommend you work with a doctor who takes their time and is willing to try a number of meds. Most important sleep hygeine rec: find a way to make sure you get up at a set time every day and have a structured day of activities to keep busy. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get bags under your eyes by sleeping too much?

Is it possible for you to get bags under your eyes by sleeping too much?

Not usually: Too much sleep does not cause bags under the eyes. Your bags are likely due to eye irritation, lid disease, eye allergies, or other issues. ...Read more

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Could sleeping too much cause sore eyes?

Could sleeping too much cause sore eyes?

No: Unless the eyelids weren't completely shut, causing evaporation of the tear film, which can cause dry eye upon awakening. This can make the eyes feel sore. That would probably be the only case. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more