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What could cause persistant oversleeping?

What could cause persistant oversleeping?

Several causes: Most people need 7-8 hours in bed, with some needing 6-9 hours. Retired people may spend more time in bed, and then sleep worse and may be more tired. Idiopathic hypersomnia may increase need for sleep beyond 10 hours. Some people are naturally long sleepers. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Sleeping Too Much (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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What are some causes for oversleeping aside from fatigue?

What are some causes for oversleeping aside from fatigue?

Over sleepy: There are many metabolic imbalances that can lead to excessive sleepiness (hypersomnolence) to name a few : hypothyroidism excessive parasympathetic nervous system tone excessive alkalinity high cortisol levels improper sleep - wake cycles - going to bed too late there are many other imbalances that can lead to fatigue and hypersomnolence. You should see a doctor who is well versed in this. ...Read more

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What causes oversleeping?

What causes oversleeping?

Many things: Not getting enough sleep, medication, obstructive sleep apnea, idiopathic hypersomnia, delayed sleep phase syndrome, as well as many other things. A two week sleep diary can be quite helpful. There are several available online-i'm partial to one from the aasm. ...Read more

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It is possible that jet lag can cause oversleeping?

It is possible that jet lag can cause oversleeping?

It can: Jet lag involves disruption of your normal circadian rhythms(day-night cycles). So as your body attempts to adjust to changes based on time difference, you may "oversleep" to account for previous "lost" sleep due to travel/time changes. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How to stop oversleeping on day off?

Oversleeping: It is best to remain in your same routine. Set your alarm for the same time, get up and shower and eat breakfast at the same time. Begin your day as if it were a work day. You should be able to accomplish more on your day off. ...Read more

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Is oversleeping actually bad for you?

Is oversleeping actually bad for you?

Sleep disorders: Long sleep is associated with more health problems and may be partly due to sleep disorders. ...Read more

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When is it considered "oversleeping"?

Oversleeping: When you sleep more than the average time you need to feel refreshed and functional. ...Read more