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Excessive sleep: Doctor on whether it is dangerous or not

Excessive sleep: Doctor on whether it is dangerous or not Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Excessive sleep, also known as hypersomnia, is a condition where you regularly sleep more than 10 hours a day. Doctor Dasha Vlasenko shared about whether it is harmful to our bodies.

What is hypersomnia?

Hypersomnia is the feeling of excessive sleepiness during the day, a need to sleep up to 18 hours daily, a need to nap multiple times a day, or not feeling rested after waking up.

Causes of prolonged sleep:

  • Temporary prolonged sleep can simply result from recovery after hours of wakefulness accumulated over previous days (e.g., exam preparation, long drives).
  • Sleep disorders (apnea, restless legs syndrome, parasomnia, circadian rhythm sleep disorders, etc.)
  • Medications (hypertension medications, antidepressants, sedatives, antiepileptic drugs, etc.)
  • Head trauma. A 2019 review found that 28% of people who suffered a traumatic brain injury have hypersomnia.
  • Chronic pain (back pain, headaches)
  • Alcohol

Symptoms that may occur after excessive sleep:

  • Agitation and irritability
  • Fatigue and excessive sleepiness
  • Anxiety
  • Increased daytime sleep
  • Decreased appetite
  • Memory problems
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches

Is excessive sleep dangerous?

According to the doctor, excessive sleep can negatively impact your immune system, mental health, heart health, and potentially lead to chronic diseases. You may develop:

  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Diabetes

This material is for informational purposes only and should not be used for medical diagnosis or self-treatment. Our goal is to provide readers with accurate information about symptoms, causes, and methods of detecting diseases. RBС-Ukraine is not responsible for any diagnoses that readers may make based on materials from the resource. We do not recommend self-treatment and advise consulting a doctor in case of any health concerns.