7. Decreased Energy

Decreased Energy

You may expect that the more sleep you get, the more energy you will have. While this may be true up to a point, excessive sleep may have the opposite effect. The more a person becomes accustomed to sleeping, sitting, or napping, the more overwhelming getting up and getting out to exercise can seem. One way to combat the decreased energy that results from a sedentary lifestyle is to get outside for fresh air and move your muscles. A walk around the block can stimulate your mind and body, rather than wear you out. This may also contribute to a deeper, more refreshing night of sleep.

6. It May Be a Sign of Depression

Depression

While some patients suffering from depression may struggle with insomnia, other patients find themselves sleeping for longer periods of time. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of atypical depression include feelings of sadness that occasionally lift with good news, eating too much, and sleeping too much. In addition, experiencing a heavy feeling in the arms or legs and displaying an oversensitivity to the opinions or judgment of others are signs of atypical depression. In this case, sleeping may be a coping mechanism or a way to escape from the feelings of depression.

5. Too Much Sleep May Affect Brain Health

Affect Brain Health

The groggy, foggy feeling that can accompany extended periods of sleep may be just one indication of how too much sleep can affect your brain. One study of middle-aged and elderly women showed that those who slept for prolonged periods of time were more likely to have deficits in learning and understanding. Furthermore, the Alzheimer’s Association reports on another study of older women. The women who slept more or less than six to eight hours each night had an increased risk of decreased mental functioning and dementia than those who slept seven hours each night.

Related: Here’s How Much Sleep You Need According to Your Age
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