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Is oversleeping bad for you?

Sleep is healthy, and quite frankly, getting enough sleep is directly linked to your physical and mental health. Getting enough quality sleep is important, and people should aim for at least seven hours a night. But, did you know that too much sleep can also be bad for you?

Oversleeping has also been linked to several conditions, including heart disease, obesity and depression. Balance is key when it comes to finding a sleep schedule that suits you.

People who sleep too much also complain of headaches.

However, oversleeping may not only be the cause of a particular health issue, but could also be a good indicator of an existing one. If you are sleeping more than seven hours a night and wake up feeling tired, you may need to go to your doctor for an examination.

Get more from your day!

Studies show that people who rise early are more productive. According to the study published by Feinberg School of Medicine at North-western University in ScienceDaily, sleeping late could be one of the unhealthiest ways to start your day.

The study focused on two groups of participants. Some slept late and went on to commit the “trifecta” of unhealthy decisions throughout the day. They ate more fast food; they ate fewer vegetables, and they weren’t as physically active. This was especially true for the study’s male participants, the findings stated.

The other group were adults between the ages of 18 and 50 who regularly slept more than six and a half hours each night.

For seven days, participants kept food diaries and wore SenseWear armbands to track physical activity, INC reports.

“Our results help us further understand how sleep timing, in addition to duration, may affect obesity risk,” principal investigator and associate professor of neurology, Kelly Glazer Baron, said. “It is possible that poor dietary behaviours may predispose individuals with late sleep to a heightened risk of weight gain.”

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