We all know sleep deprivation can be harmful to our minds and bodies. We've all been faced with a long schedule, long nights and not enough sleep. It is easy enough to say that we will just make up for the lost sleep on our next weekend off, but unfortunately, it doesn't quite work out that way. The unspoken assumption of sleeping as long as we want being ok is actually a fallacy. Oversleeping can be just as detrimental as not getting enough sleep. It has been linked to numerous health risks such as depression, diabetes and obesity.

3 Reasons Oversleeping Is Harmful

  1. Diabetes: A study on oversleeping was performed with 9,000 Americans, and the people that slept for more than nine hours had a 50% greater chance of diabetes than those who only slept for seven hours. Likewise, the people who slept for less than five hours also had a 50% greater chance of diabetes, proving, in that case, that oversleeping is just a unhealthy as not sleeping enough.
  2. Insomnia:Many people know that insomnia deprives people of sleep. However, insomnia has an evil cousin that many people don't know of: hypersomnia. People inflicted with hypersomnia suffer from bouts of extreme sleepiness during the day. Hypersomnia causes people to sleep for an unusually long time that far surpasses the recommended amount, and also causes memory problems, low energy and anxiety. It proves that oversleeping can have the complete opposite effect on your body, and cause you to be awake at unnatural times, and sleepy when you shouldn't be.
  3. Alertness Level:Have you ever had a nap that wasn't worth it? You work up feeling more tired, lethargic, unmotivated and sluggish? You most likely overslept and probably didn't even need that nap to begin with. Reset your body clock by allowing your body to fall asleep and wake up naturally for at least one week. Setting a morning routine will help you wake up in the mornings by giving you a reason to get up and stay awake.


Using the tips above can help you take a healthier approach to sleep. Also, having a memory foam mattress will cradle your body at night, reducing pressure points, helping to alleviate aches and pains. This will allow you to wake up energized and ready for the day. The right pillows also play a large role in proper body function. Memory foam pillows help to position your neck properly during sleep, helping you to avoid kinks or knots in your neck that will effect you during the day. The right pillows and mattress can go a long way to help combat oversleeping or not sleeping enough.

Do you oversleep in order to compensate for prior lack of sleep?