To be able to keep your mind and body active, it is very important that we get enough sleep every day. Generally, we all have different durations of time we should sleep each night. The amount of time one person needs to rest can be completely different for another person. According to the experts, an adult needs around 7-8 hours of sleep. This, unfortunately, is, is something many people cannot attain. We are all operating under a tight schedule and we end up lying to ourselves that we will make it up the following night.
Surprisingly, there is this special group of people who continuously oversleep. sounds good right? Apparently, this is not good for you either. For chronic sleepers, there are several possible reasons as to why they might be sleeping too much.
Hypersomnia is a condition where someone shows signs of extreme sleep deprivation and sleepiness and can easily fall asleep at any given time. This condition affects about 5% of the population. There are two categories of Hypersomnia: primary and secondary. Each type can be a symptom of another different but related condition.
Normally, secondary hypersomnia is the most common type and can result from depression, epilepsy, obesity or multiple sclerosis. The primary type of hypersomnia can be associated with genetic disorders such as Prader-Willi syndrome, Norrie disease, and Myotonic dystrophy. Of importance to note, however, is that hypersomnia is sometimes considered a secondary symptom in a number of these cases.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
People who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) do not get enough oxygen when they sleep. Such a condition can cause them to wake up periodically in the middle of the night. Following a disrupted sleep at night, these people usually tend to feel sleepy during the day. In fact, people with this condition generally are unable to fall asleep within the normal sleep cycle. They tend to feel a greater need to sleep, resulting in them oversleeping every time they get a chance.
It has been found that people who tend to consume several alcoholic drinks before sleeping end up sleeping longer than those who don’t. This is believed to occur because alcohol affects our sleep cycle resulting in the creation of a desire to extend our sleep for a longer period than usual. Research has also shown that drinking alcohol a few hours before sleeping causes the sleep to become somehow fragmented and less effective on refreshing our bodies for the next day.
Even though there might be other reasons which could contribute to you sleeping too much every time you get into bed, the above three are some of the main causes.