Wondering Why?

Why Do I Sleep So Much?

Why Do I Sleep So Much?

This can actually be a very bad thing, and needs to be remedied soon; it is actually dangerous to sleep too much.

But before we get to that, let’s explore the causes of this. When you don’t reach a full sleep state known as REM or rapid eye movement, you will not get the best sleep that you can. One of the most common is called sleep apnea, which means that you breathe strangely as you sleep, much less than you actually should. Breathing becomes very slow and shallow and can actually stop from time to time, restarting with a bodily jerk. The body cannot reach a restful state with these repetitive jerks and sharp movements.

Also, TVs or MP3 players can often interfere with deep sleep, not giving restful conditions for the body to fall asleep to. If you keep your bedroom as nothing more than a bedroom (aka, no TVs or other noisy devices), this should really help. And if you have trouble falling asleep, you can make a short playlist that stops when it is over, letting you both fall asleep in noisy environments like dorms or apartments, but then lets you reach a peaceful full sleep.

Parenting can also lead to shallow sleeping ‚ your bodily instincts won’t allow you to become fully asleep, because you are listening for noises for the sake and protection of your children, such as listening for noises they make, or intruders. This is an unavoidable sleep deprivation, leading you to need more sleep. The best way to remedy this is to take a nap in the daytime if you need it, to get the restful sleep you need.

Depression is definitely another cause ‚ sleep acts as respite from the pain of the day-to-day. Other severe medical problems can also cause excess sleep.

Excess sleep can also lead to cardiovascular complications, as blood does not flow properly while sleeping. But the amount of sleep you need varies with age and other factors. If you feel that you might be sleeping too much, talk to your doctor or another medical professional.

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