What Happens If You Sleep Too Much?

Dinelka
3 min readAug 5, 2020

According to the research done in a couple of past decades, we know that not getting enough sleep leads to a shorter lifespan. Sleep depriving yourself is one of the worst things you can do as it leads to many psychological and physiological problems like depression, anxiety, memory problems etc.

So, if you want to avoid all these potential problems, you should be getting your recommended hours of sleep. As an average, let’s say you should be taking 7 — 9 hours of sleep every single night.

All the above problems occur if you are sleepless. Now you might be thinking like “What if I sleep more than 9 hours a day?”. We have heard a lot about the purpose of a good night's sleep. Sleep is the time you recover or fix the physiological or psychological stresses you faced during the day. So, if you sleep more than 9 — 10 hours a day, or maybe 15 hours a day; you should be the happiest man alive. Right?

Nope. That’s not how you should be looking at it. According to a study done by the Centers for Decease Control and Prevention (CDC), published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, sleeping more than 9 hours a day might be an indicator that something about you is not okay.

If you still didn’t understand that, I will explain it like this. The most powerful immune response to sickness is initiating more sleep. So…

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Dinelka

A compassionate, high-energy operating mechanical engineer turned software developer writing about Science.