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Doctor insights on: Oversleeping

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Sleeping Too Much (Definition)

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 ...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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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"?

When is it considered "oversleeping"?

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

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What are the hazards of oversleeping ?

Worse health: Most people need 7-8 hours of sleep (some need up to 9 and some may get by with 6). Spending more time in bed makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep, may make you more tired, and there is evidence that people who spend too much or too little time in bed are less healthy and have higher death rates. There are some disorders (such as idiopathic hypersomnia) that increase need for sleep. ...Read more

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How do you know if you're oversleeping?

Are you withdrawing: or avoiding social situations, work, dealing w/decisions, etc. by staying in bed? See your doc to rule out medical conditions and then a mental health professional. Avoid reliance on stimulants. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How to stop oversleeping on the weekends?

How to stop oversleeping on the weekends?

Over sleeping: Week end over sleeping is commonly related to sleep debt from preceding days or to circadian rhythm. ...Read more

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Does oversleeping lead to deconditioning?

Hypersomnia: Yes if you do not compensate by doing the necessary exercise. ...Read more