There is no doubt that sleep affects our daily lives through our mental and physical health. There is a lot of focus on the danger of sleep deprivation but you should also take into consideration the dangers of sleeping too much. This can also have a negative impact on your health so it is important to be aware of what those risks are. Oversleeping can also be a sign for other medical problems. People with depression have a tendency to sleep more often. Take care of yourself and others when you notice a tendency for oversleeping.
In the link below, the Amerisleep.com blog has a great article that provides plenty of useful information. You’ll find information on the average hours of sleep for people between the ages of 18 to 64. It also provides a list of side effects that can occur from oversleeping, backed up by scientific research. Most surprising may be the impairment of mental health. We assume more sleep means a sharper state of mind but that is not the case. Other risks include increased inflammation, increased pain, impaired fertility, impaired glucose tolerance, increased weight gain, increased risk of heart disease, higher risk of stroke, and higher mortality risk. Follow the link for the full article.