Betty on the News: Too Much Sleep Makes You Tired
Oversleeping can be just as bad for you as not sleeping enough, say scientists.
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
For many people, sleeping-in on the weekends is something they look forward to and is a chance to make up for the hours they missed during the week.
However, while it’s a known fact that sleeping too little can be dangerous and put you at risk for traffic accidents, weight gain, and decreased productivity, sleeping too much can be just as bad for you, says a 2007 Finnish study.
Scientists haven’t determined the exact reason for it, but sleeping more than 10 hours a day lowers your mortality rate by 20 percent, the same rate decrease as in people who sleep less than 5. Oversleeping can also make you feel even more sluggish than if you slept a normal amount.
“Many people will tell you, they sleep a little worse when they sleep a long time on weekends,” said Dr. Daniel Kripke, co-director of Scripps Clinic Sleep Center in La Jolla, California. “Too much long sleep on weekends does not seem to make people feel better.” (CNN)