Oversleeping can seem like a great thing when your schedule allows for it, but this is actually a lot worse for your health and wellness than you might think.
Both inadequate sleep and too much sleep are not good for you. The best thing to do for your health is get a normal amount of sleep, without going too far under or over.
Here are some of the more common signs that you are oversleeping.
You Always Wake Up Tired
It is normal to be a little tired in the morning, especially when you were woken up by an alarm or you went to sleep a little later than normal. However, there is a difference between being sleepy because you just woke up, and being exhausted and severely fatigued.
People who are oversleeping have similar effects to waking up after not sleeping much at all. It might feel similar to having jet lag or a bad hangover.
When this keeps happening, it is usually a sign that you might be sleeping too much.
You Have Brain Fog
You might also be oversleeping if you are experiencing brain fog. Of course, brain fog can occur from many different situations and conditions, but oversleeping is definitely one of them.
When you have brain fog, you feel out of it.
Almost like you are walking around like a zombie without being able to really focus or concentrate on anything much.
There are different levels of brain fog, but typically you just feel like your brain can’t quite focus on any one thing at a time.
You Wake Up with a Headache
If you find that you are waking up with headaches, that might be a sign that you have slept too much.
Before assuming your headaches are from oversleeping, consider other potential causes, including sleep deprivation, stress, hormones, or clenching or grinding your teeth while sleeping.
Unusual Weight Gain
Any time you gain weight without changing your diet or habits, it is something you should look into.
You might be gaining weight for any number of reasons, including medical conditions like thyroid disease, so it is not something you should ignore.
However, your weight gain might actually be from oversleeping. People who sleep too much have a tendency to gain weight due to lack of energy throughout the day, a poor diet, and less time spent with physical activity during the day.
Oversleeping can also be linked to changes in your appetite, so without realizing it, you might be eating more than usual.
Lastly, consider if you have more body pain than you used to. This might include arm and shoulder aching, your hips hurting, or your legs aching. These types of body pains come from laying for too long in one position, or just because you are not stretching out your muscles and joints enough.
If the physical pain has come on after you started sleeping a little more than usual, it is often linked to oversleeping.
Sleeping too much might seem like a blessing if you have struggled with insomnia in the past, but it can be detrimental to your health just like lack of sleep can.