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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sleeping Too Much (Overview)

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.


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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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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sleeping Too Much (Overview)

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.


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Can sleeping too much- I have depression- cause brain cells to die or to shut down or cause delay in thinking?

Can sleeping too much- I have depression- cause brain cells to die or to shut down or cause delay in thinking?

Depression/Cognition: Sounds like the culprit here is your depression. It can impact your cognition/ability to think ( difficulty w/ memory, concentration, and a slower processing speed or as you mentioned "delay in thinking"). ...Read more

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Im in soooo much pain from migraine right now, what can I do to get rid of it to get some sleep?

Im in soooo much pain from migraine right now, what can I do to get rid of it to get some sleep?

Confirm diagnosis: There are many causes of headaches that can be mistakenly labeled "migraines". First make sure that the diagnosis has been confirmed by a neurologist or other reputable headache specialist. ...Read more

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How to prevent too much sleeping? Im a patient of hypothyroidism

How to prevent too much sleeping? Im a patient of hypothyroidism

Normalize thyroid: Normalize your thyroid level with brand name t4. Then you will sleep as much or as little as the rest of your body determines. ...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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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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Why i sleep too much?

Why i sleep too much?

Sleepiness: Please do a sleep study to rule sleep apnea or sleep related disorders also rule out depresssion also rule out medical causes as well. ...Read more

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What effect if i sleep too much?

What effect if i sleep too much?

Back pain: Wait til you get old like me.Wish i could stay in bed "too long". I do not know of any bad effects if someone sleeps longer than 10-12 hours if they move about in the bed and prevent pressure too long on any area.A possible worry from venous clots in hospitalized patients but not usual in normal healthy younger people. ...Read more

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Need help. Is 12 hours of sleep too much?

Need help. Is 12 hours of sleep too much?

7.7 hours: On average an adult needs 7.7 hours of sleep per night. If you feel the need to sleep longer than that in order to feel rested, it may be possible that you are spending a lot of time in bed, but are not actually asleep all the time you are in bed. You should consult with a sleep physician and they may recommend a sleep study. ...Read more

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I sleep too much. How can I control my sleeping habit?

I sleep too much. How can I control my sleeping habit?

Sleep: You say you sleep too much. How much is too much? Younger people who are in a growth time often do need extra sleep. Parents sometimes do not understand this since they themselves do not need the extra sleep. Your body probably knows just what it needs. Don't worry, you do not have a sleeping 'habit'. It will go away once your body no longer needs it. ...Read more

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Is it possible to sleep too much at night for an average healthy adult?

Is it possible to sleep too much at night for an average healthy adult?

Sleep: All adults should get a minimal of 6 hours of sleep nightly but 7 to 8 hours of sleep is recommended. There is increasing evidence that people that sleep more than 10 hours are at increased risk for alzheimer's and parkinson's disease. So get 6 to 8 hrs sleep but get out of bed after 10 hrs. ...Read more

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Can a baby sleep too much? My baby sleep about 4-5 times a day, not including her bed time at 9pm.

Can a baby sleep too much? My baby sleep about 4-5 times a day, not including her bed time at 9pm.

Age dependent: Sleep duration or number of naps during the day varies with the age of baby. Newborns may sleep for 14-18 hrs a day. As they get older the number of naps decrease. Just make sure that baby is being fed at regular intervals for age. ...Read more

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What is the best way to arrange naps, so I don't have to sleep too much overall and still energetic?

What is the best way to arrange naps, so I don't have to sleep too much overall and still energetic?

Naps: Try to restrict naps to less than 30 minutes. Consider drinking coffee prior to your nap. The coffee can take 45 min to kick in and you may feel even more awake after your nap. Be sure to set an alarm and get up as soon as it rings. You might want to try using an app such as "Power Nap" to help you. ...Read more

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Why do I sleep too much?

Why do I sleep too much?

Many possibilities: . You may have a hormonal issue. You could be diabetic. You could be hypothyroid. You might have a breathing problem such as undiagnosed asthma. You could be anemic. Perhaps you're just depressed. Sounds like you should go see your doctor for an evaluation and possibly some blood work as well ...Read more

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Why do I sleep too much ?

Why do I sleep too much
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Hard to say: It depends on what sleep too much means. Remember that teens in your age group require between 8.5-9.5 hours of sleep. But if your sleep is fragmented or "not efficient" it could be even longer. There are many causes for sleep issues some are emotional/stress related and some are medical. Without further information it is difficult to provide you with an educated suggestion. ...Read more

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Is it possible to sleep too much?

Possibly: We are all built differently but most people require 8 hrs of sleep. Rarely can adults sleep longer on consecutive days. Some people sleep longer because their brains require this and this may be the sign of a new problem if the requirement for sleep is new and nothing else has changed. Narcolepsy is a good example. If you are now sleeping longer than 9-10hrs, you may want to talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Please tell me why do I sleep too much?

Please tell me why do I sleep too much?

Hypersomnolence: That is the fancy term for excessive sleeping. Often is it not restful or no more restful than a shorter amount of sleep. There can be many causes. The first step is to see your doctor to rule out medical cause. Then further psychiatric assessment is needed. Hypersomnia can occur in problems like atypical depression, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and other disorders. ...Read more

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I can't get to sleep. Too much too do. Is it better to do it now or in the am?

I can't get to sleep. Too much too do. Is it better to do it now or in the am?

Varies by person: Great question. Different people handle fatigue and mental functioning very differently. Most do better with good rest and getting up early. Others do better pushing on until finished and then resting. For example, I do better pushing on but my wife needs her rest. You need to find the right solution for you. ...Read more

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Can a newborn sleep too much?

Can a newborn sleep too much?

Possibly: A baby should have wakeful periods between feeds that increase as baby gets older. If you have to wake baby up to feed, even after 4 hours, there may time for concern. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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