Love sleeping in on weekends? Bad news: Those extra hours of sleep you are clocking in may be doing more harm than good.
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Trying to squeeze in more hours of sleep during the weekend to make up for your late nights? Get this – sleeping for longer hours than usual on a regular basis can actually do more harm than good to your body. Here’s how.
1. You’re at higher risk of heart disease
According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, those who reported longer sleep duration of more than nine hours were more susceptible to heart-related issues like heart failure.
2. You’re more likely to become obese
People who spend a bulk of their time sleeping are more likely to be obese. A six-year study by the Sleep Research Society found that individuals who slept nine to 10 hours were 21 per cent more likely to become obese than those who slept seven to eight hours. People who sleep more tend to have shorter periods of time where they can be active, causing them to burn less calories and increase their risk of an expanding waistline.
3. You may be unhappier
Oversleeping is one of the symptoms of depression. So it may be a concern if you’re always feeling lethargic and have a hard time getting out of bed. As oversleeping is associated with decreased physical activity which are crucial in producing feel-good hormones, endorphins, sleeping too much may affect your mood. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry revealed that a long sleep duration of more than 10 hours is associated with prolonged depression and anxiety.
4. You lose concentration
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, women who slept more than nine hours a day experienced a deterioration in cognitive function. It contributed to nearly two additional years of brain age compared to women who slept seven hours a day. So the next time you find yourself having a hard time focussing at work, it could be because you got too much shut-eye.
5. You’re at higher risk of diabetes
Sleeping for long hours poses just as much health risks as a lack of sleep does. According to the American Diabetes Association, people who get more or less than six to seven hours of sleep at night are at increased risk for high blood glucose levels.
6. You’re more prone to headaches
If you often get headaches, you may find that sleeping in on a weekend isn’t doing you much good. In fact, you’re likely to wake up with a throbbing head. Sleeping in also makes it harder for you to fall asleep at night, which may cause headaches in the morning if you were unable to get a good night’s rest.
7. You feel more tired than ever
Sleeping too much shifts your sleep-wake cycle, causing you to feel lethargic and listless all day, somewhat like a jet lag. So instead of trying to “catch up” on sleep, try to sleep at fixed hours on a daily basis. Trust us, you will feel much more refreshed and rejuvenated.