7. Diabetes

diabetes

Believe it or not, both getting too little sleep and getting too much sleep are associated with diabetes. While this link is not entirely understood, some research has found that when we don’t get enough sleep, the body responds in a manner very much like insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a precursor to type 2 diabetes. Some speculation indicates that a lack of sleep can lead to changes in the nervous system that in turn unbalance the production of insulin within the body. Insulin-producing cells may then produce insulin incorrectly, which can lead to an increased risk of diabetes.

6. Back Pain

back pain

It’s thought that excessive sleep could be related to persistent back pain based on a lack of stimulation. Essentially, the problem arises when your back muscles become too weak to properly support your body. Any muscle, if not exercised regularly, will become weaker over time, and the muscles in the back, designed for stability and support, are no exception. In order to avoid this, try and work in a workout that targets muscles in the back, something with low intensity in order to build up your strength and stamina. You may also want to look into correcting your sleep posture.

5. Headaches

headaches

Much like back pain, it is possible to develop headaches from oversleeping as well. It’s not entirely understood why this happens, but researchers believe that it has a lot to do with the neurotransmitters in the brain. Specifically, these neurotransmitters can be damaged by oversleeping, and this can even have an effect on serotonin levels. Serotonin plays a significant role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle along with melatonin, and when too much sleep occurs, less serotonin is produced. This in turn generally leads to a hormonal imbalance, which may include effects such as inflammation, daytime fatigue and of course, headaches.

Related: 8 Foods to Help You Get to Sleep
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