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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Sleeping too much, is it possible?

New research reports continue to appear on the crowds of people who are exhausted and sleep deprived. Sleeping pills are present on most bedside tables or in the pharmacies of millions of people who suffer from insomnia. But too much sleep can be a problem - and from how long do you sleep too much?

For years, the magic number of sleep was 8. The period of eight hours of sleep per night has long been considered the optimal duration of sleep a night for adults. But research has to rest the old belief, and has even shown that people who slept more than eight hours were just as sleep problems than those who slept less than seven hours. The new figure of magical sleep duration is therefore between 7 and 8 o'clock.

It happens to everyone to sleep too from time to time, usually to make up a sleep debt - for example, after a sleepless night spent studying, jet lag or other period of sleep deprivation. By cons, people who sleep more than 8 hours on a regular basis could be long sleepers, name we give to people who suffer from hypersomnia (which means "too much sleep," the opposite of insomnia).

If the big sleeper provides the body the sleep it needs and, in that the length of sleep has no negative impact on the daily, it is not a serious problem. In some cases, however, hypersomnia can cause unproductive sleep, mood changes, memory, appetite and energy level.

If you regularly sleep 10 hours or more and you become drowsy during the day that you can not settle with a nap, see your doctor. There are several reasons an excessive sleep:

  • the use of certain drugs,
  • trauma to the head,
  • diseases (eg. multiple sclerosis, epilepsy)
  • sleep disorders (narcolepsy, sleep apnea)
  • symptoms of other conditions (eg. hypersomnia may be a sign of depression).

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