If you feel tired all the time, and this is causing you to stay in bed longer then you can ever remember doing before, then this could be evidence that you are struggling with a chronic health problem.
Sleeping for 10 hours or more each night is harmful to your health. The CDC, in combination with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, found three specific health concerns which are linked to having too much sleep.
- Getting too much sleep raises your risk of experiencing chronic disease, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity, or anxiety if you are above the age of 45.
- If you sleep too much, your risks of stroke, diabetes, and heart disease are higher than if you don’t get enough sleep each night.
- If you get this at least seven hours of rest each night and still feel tired the next day, this could indicate that you have a health problem.
Are you experiencing these issues right now? Then it is an excellent time to schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Don’t Ignore Sleep Problems
Anyone can have an acute case of insomnia and feel tired the next day. The issue with getting too much sleep is that you still feel high levels of fatigue despite getting plenty of rest.
Never ignore problems with sleep. It could be an indication that you are dealing with a health issue like anemia, thyroid problem, chronic insomnia, or even sleep apnea.
There are two types of insomnia to consider: primary insomnia and secondary insomnia.
Secondary insomnia is concerning because it occurs due to another health condition, like asthma, arthritis, or depression. Sleeping too much while dealing with one of these issues indicates a cycle of poor sleep that your body attempts to correct by oversleeping when t can.
These health issues interfere with your regular sleep cycles and can worsen chronic health conditions like heart disease.
Your doctor might refer you to a sleep specialist to see if there is a specific condition to diagnose. When you treat sleep-related conditions, you can significantly improve your quality-of-life and reduce your risk of future disease development.
Start by Tracking Your Sleep in a Journal
If you are concerned about the amount of sleep you get each night, then the first thing to start doing is to track your journey of rest. Keeping a sleep journal, and then sharing it with your doctor, can provide a significant resource in the development of your treatment plan.
Start recording when you go to bed, when you think you fall asleep, and the times that you wake up at night. You will want to document the quality of your sleep, how do you feel when getting out of bed in the morning, and then how you feel during the day.
This information will help your doctor correctly diagnose your condition. This step helps to get you the assistance needed to improve your sleep, support good health, and renew your energy levels.