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Health Problems Due To Sleeping Too Much


We all know that lack of Sleeping will create a lot of health issues. We can’t conclude that a long time sleeping keeps our health good. It will also make our health worse. 

The research found that, A person who sleeps more than six to eight hours a day having a high possibility of getting Cardiovascular disease and risk of death, A/c to a study published in the European Heart Journal on December 5, 2018. Sleeping for a long time will create many health-related problems and that problems will affect our health. 

“Given that the nature of observational studies is that they present the association rather than prove a causal relationship, we cannot say that too much sleep per se causes poorer health,” says Chuangshi Wang, the lead study author and a Ph.D. student at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Peking Union Medical College in Beijing. “It’s possible that too much sleep is a marker for other causes of cardiovascular diseases and death.”

According to the Survey, most of the people who are sleeping more than eight hours are highly affected by cardio diseases and this will leads to death.

People who sleep eight to nine hours have a 5% increased chance of cardiac attacks. People who sleep 9 to 10 hours have 17% of increased chances and those sleeping more than 10 hours have 41% of cardiovascular attacks. The person who sleeps less than 6 hours has 9% of risk factors and are dying due to attacks. 

Sleep Apnea and Other Underlying Problems

“We know that too little sleep is a problem; there’s the risk of cardiovascular problems, quality of life,” says Alcibiades Rodriguez, MD, the medical director of New York University Langone Health’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and Sleep Center in New York City. Dr. Rodriguez was not involved in the study. “But for sleeping too much, the question is really what is the underlying cause.”

“If sleep apnea is left untreated, it’s associated with heart failure, high blood pressure, arrhythmia,” says Andrew Freeman, MD, a cardiologist at National Jewish Health in Denver. Freeman was not involved with the study. “One thing I hear very commonly from my sickest patients with systemic and severe disease is that they’re sleeping a lot.”

Sleep Apnea Causes

“They’ve adjusted statistically, but maybe there are confounding factors in the background that are not being taken into consideration, and that’s why we’re seeing the relationships. We still don’t completely understand, from a basic level, why these findings are there,” says Reena Mehra, MD, the director of sleep disorders research in the Sleep Center at Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute.

Sleep apnea affected patients sleep 9 to 10 hours daily. If night time doesn’t provide enough sleep, then sleep a nap during the day time. 

“That’s a big confounding factor,” she says. “Many studies have shown that, with increasing severity of sleep apnea, there’s an increased risk for mortality over follow-up periods ranging from 5 to 10 years.”

Naps help for compensating short time sleep. Sleeping better shouldn’t be the goal.

Researchers state that some studies have been done on the association between naps and mortality or cardiovascular events (compared with research looking at overall sleep). 

The latest data states that Napping leads to high risks for the people who sleep less than six hours at night.

For day shift working adults, their circadian rhythms make them naturally want to nap between 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Rodriguez says.

“The question is how many of the [study participants] didn’t nap and then started to nap around age 55 to 60. Is it a sign of an underlying [health] issue or that they’re not getting enough sleep at night?” Rodriguez says.

In general, We have to avoid napping as it reduces the pressure of night sleeping. But if you are suffering from any sleeping disorder, you can’t sleep well and at that time, Napping will compensate for the sleep.

What is the Ideal Time for sleeping?

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) tells, the adults have to sleep 7 to 9 hours of sleep and not sleep less than 6 hours and more than 10 hours. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society said that adults are recommended to sleep more than seven hours of sleep but not exceeds 10 hours. A person who sleeps six to eight hours per night have the least possibilities of cardiovascular diseases and early death, this data says.

“There’s never one optimal number for every single person. There’s always going to be a bit of a range. If you sleep five hours and 58 minutes, you’re not in immediate trouble,” Freeman says. “It’s hard to say the exact amount of sleep you need, but [the study found] there’s a ‘Goldilocks’ time right around six or seven hours a night.”

(It’s worth noting that several other studies — upon which the NSF’s most recent guidelines were based — have suggested that seven to nine hours of sleep per night is the ideal range based on the other health outcomes those studies were looking at. Those guidelines and the research supporting them were published in the March 2015 issue of the journal Sleep Health).

You don’t need to be afraid when your normal sleep falls outside the limit. Rodriguez says that you come to know your ideal sleeping time when you don’t feel sleepy during day time, awake, alert and regular hour wake up without any alarm.

“If you function well with six hours of sleep per night, that’s probably normal for you,” he says.

Most important is recognizing what’s normal for you and paying attention to whether your sleep pattern changes, Rodriguez says — which could be a sign there’s an underlying health problem you may need to address.

“It may be a sign of sleep or medical disorder and you should see a clinician,” he says. “If you’re sleeping nine hours, and all of a sudden it’s not enough, you’re tired in the afternoon, you need to be aware. If you’re sleeping that much and feel healthy, and have no medical problems, you don’t need to feel worried about it.”


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