Are you getting too much sleep?

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

sleepy student
Just like most things in life, sleep is best in moderation.

Imagine you’re sitting in class and having a tough time paying attention. Everything is blurry, you feel groggy, and the teacher’s words go in one ear and straight out the other. Your head bobs forward and you struggle to keep it up, but to no avail. Sounds like you might have had a long night, right? Well, this can actually happen if a person gets too much sleep as well!

On average, you only need about 7 to 9 hours of sleep in order to feel refreshed, depending on your age. There are times when it’s okay to get a little more sleep than that, like if you didn’t get enough rest the night before or are battling the flu. However, it becomes a problem when individuals are sleeping for 12 hours a night too often!

Feeling exhausted throughout the day after long periods of rest is known as hypersomnia. Instead of waking up rejuvenated, hypersomniacs continue to feel groggy, restless, anxious, experience memory dysfunction, and lose their appetite. Additionally, they have an increased chance of developing kidney and liver disease, as well as depression!

So, if you can’t wait to sleep in until noon over the summer, you might want to reconsider your decision.

Featured image courtesy of M on Wikimedia. Image of sleeping student courtesy of CollegeDegrees360 on Flickr.