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What could it mean if I am sleeping too much?

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Last Updated: 12/18/2020 at 4:57am
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July 26th, 2018 11:28am
It can mean that you have anemia, at the same time, it can mean that you are very sad, depressed, or have problems.
August 5th, 2018 3:08pm
It could mean that you are sleep deprived and/or have a sleep disorder. Because 7 cups is a listening website and not a medical website, I recommend that you see a doctor.
August 17th, 2018 11:36pm
Physically it could mean that you are lacking in protein, iron, or experiencing a physical illness such as thyroid or CFS which increases fatigue levels - all of which should be considered and tested for if you are experiencing excessive tiredness, to eliminate these possibilities. Psychologically sleeping too much or too little are both equally valid symptoms of depression, or anxiety if purposefully or unconsciously used as a method of avoiding anxiety provoking situations - in both instances the solution is seeking help, as the primary cause is not tiredness, but a deeper emotional problem, that much be addressed properly.
August 18th, 2018 2:37pm
many physiological reasons, i.e. medications, medical conditions can be responsible. But if that’s not the case, then motivation is a key factor. It’s important to find your purpose, but finding a purpose is a step by step process. One of those steps begins way before finding that purpose... you must ask yourself, “what is it that I want out of life.” Once that is found, it time to ask another question, “why do I want this thing” and again i have often found it useful to ask again, “why do i want that 2nd thing,” And here is probably where you begin to find the root of what you love most about life; what it is that truly drives you and inspires you.
September 2nd, 2018 7:09am
Maybe you are tired, try to do some stuff that makes you to leave your bed or maybe can be that you are sick, sometimes stress plays with our mind and can ruins our health, if you are anxious or maybe you are sad you need to avoid what makes you be in bed, try to do some sport or maybe go to the gym find a job sometimes to be busy is good because when you get home you will sleep but with one reason, leave you bed make an effort can I bet that you will be better.
November 21st, 2018 5:43pm
You could be showing signs of depression. Or this could be your natural habits; it depends on if this is a recent change or if this has been going on for years. I would also look at other factors, such as if you are sad or happy in your daily life. Do you use sleeping as an exit from your life or do you work a lot throughout the day? It’s important to answer these type of questions because you can find out more about yourself. A lot of times people who have been diagnosed with depression sleep a lot because they are emotionally exhausted.
December 6th, 2018 11:35pm
It can mean a lot of things from iron levels in you blood being low to depression. But I suggest talking to your doc if you are worried.
March 7th, 2019 10:43am
The body is trying to repair itself and get the rest it’s been denied. But if a person regularly sleeping for long periods, it can be a symptom of something more serious like depression.There’s no doubt that getting enough sleep is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle, but too much sleep can be a signal that there’s an underlying health issue. If you’re consistently sleeping more than 9 hours a night, or sleeping long amounts of time but not feeling rested, it’s a good idea to see your doctor. Talk with them about your symptoms and sleep habits. Keep a sleep journal and any notes on how you’ve been feeling, and bring these notes with you to the doctor’s appointment. This information can be helpful to your healthcare provider.
April 10th, 2019 6:42pm
Sleep is one of our bodies main ways of healing and repairing and is an integral part of having a healthy body and mind. Sleeping too much can be a symptom of a wide variety of physical and mental health difficulties. We can commonly attribute it as a symptom of low mood, stress and anxiety. Perhaps you've even been working extra hard and your body feels a need to catch up! If you feel that sleeping too much is having a negative effect on your social, professional or personal life, it is important to seek professional opinion to help determine a cause and form a support or treatment plan that works for you. It is a common problem that you are not alone in.
April 27th, 2019 3:33am
You could have depression or you may not be having a restful sleep. If you are not having a restful sleep it could mean that you have a lot on your mind or may have a sleeping issue that you could and should take to a doctor. There could be many reasons why you are not having a restful sleep. Depression could, and often times does, result in feeling exhausted and feeling like you have not slept enough. Either of these issues should be considered and taken to a doctor as there are many ways that the issues could be solved
July 17th, 2019 4:49pm
Honestly, it could mean any number of things! It could be something that is medically going on or it could be something psychological that is going on. I have been diagnosed with depression, sleep apnea, and vitamin D deficiency, so it is literally a triple whammy of sleepiness! I still almost always feel tired towards the end of the day and given the opportunity on the weekend, I could sleep all day long. It could mean any of those things I mentioned above or any number of other things! My path led me to my doctor, my psychiatrist and lots of bloodwork and lots of trial and error.
October 31st, 2019 2:04am
Sometimes our bodies just need sleep, don't fight it too much unless it it interfering with your ability to carry out important daily tasks! Especially when we are younger and in a period of life where we are growing, our bodies require rest, and a lot of it! Sleeping too much can also be a sign of depression or other mental health struggles. Some medical issues also have the symptom of excessive tiredness and the need for a lot of rest. If it is something that is concerning you, I would urge you to speak with your doctor or other healthcare provider just to error on the side of caution.
November 2nd, 2019 11:20pm
If you are sleeping too much, it could possibly mean that you are pregnant. If this is the case, congratulations!!If you are not pregnant it could also mean you are depressed. If that’s the case you may want to seek help from a mental health professional. If you sleep too much, you could end up over- sleeping and that could make you tired. I was sleeping too much and that was one of many symptoms of depression I was experiencing. I went to a mental health professional and that is where I was diagnosed with seasonal depression. Be safe guys and never ignore your symptoms.
November 3rd, 2019 4:06pm
Sleeping too much can mean several things. It could mean that you are not getting good sleep or that you have been staying up late and getting up early in the last few days. It could also mean you are developing depression or anxiety. These are more serious. If you notice that you have been feeling down or hopeless, eating too much or not enough, feeling more irritable, or loosing interest in activities you usually like, then you might be depressed. Talk to a doctor if possible about getting treatment or check out the 7Cups depression sub community. As for anxiety, if you have been feeling more anxious lately, feel as if something bad is going to happen, have more anxiety attacks than usual, or feel more stressed, then you might have an anxiety disorder. Talk to your doctor if possible about getting tested or check out the anxiety sub community here on 7Cups.
December 5th, 2019 4:39pm
Sleeping a lot does not necessarily mean someone had a lack of sleep, was exhausted, or was sleepy. It can also be due to an effect of stress, depression, or a sleep disorder. Personally, I sleep 8-10 hours as my regular sleeping schedule. When tired, I sleep in more on the weekend until 14-15 hours. Others may see this as sleeping too much but this is my normal sleep. There could be other people who has similar sleep schedule. But I know when I sleep more than usual, it's not due to exhaustion but emotional stress and depression I previously faced and overcame.
December 11th, 2019 11:51am
It could mean you are depressed. You could be you are not getting enough sleep. It could mean you are not getting good quality sleep. It could mean you are not eating enough. Start tracking your habits. Maybe you are not getting enough exercise. Do you feel less energetic than usual? Are you happy? Do you get enough socialization? Are you stressed? Are you overworked? Do you have things to look forward to? Talk to a friend or family member. Take a break. Meditate. Try relaxation techniques. Practice grounding and mindfulness. Stand up for yourself. Be nice to yourself.
December 20th, 2019 6:04am
Sleeping too much can mean many things, but my guess as to what it could mean the most often is if your body is pleading for more rest. If you exercise more, your brain and body will require more rest to be able to heal from the work of the day. Also, if you eat a lot of food per meal, your body will go into a sort of food, when sleeping swears to digest the food before you awake in the morning. In the end, it is not bad to sleep, but not that great if you were sleeping more than is recommended. I mean a lot more, not just an hour or two. If you suffer from sleeping too much, I wish you luck in learning how to regulate your sleeping habits!
January 26th, 2020 4:34pm
Sleeping too much could be a sign of depression. Because of the nature of depression, the lack of motivation causes the brain to produce chemicals that send signals to the body to sleep. It could also be a sign of stress. The body uses sleep as a recovery. Because stress is seen as an “illness” to the brain, signals are sent throughout the body to sleep in order to recover. Sleeping too much could also just simply mean you are becoming sick or you are over working yourself. But it can also be the product of medical conditions, so if you are sleeping so much that it impacts your day negatively, seeing your doctor is a good idea.
February 8th, 2020 9:09am
If you're sleeping too much, if could be from a variety of reasons! You could be suffering from depression or anxiety. You could be dealing with grief, after losing a loved one or experienced a major life change. You could be experiencing ptsd, from a traumatic life experience. Or, it could even be linked to health reasons. If you notice that you're sleeping too much, it's extremely important that you reach out to your doctor, and explain what's going on. So, that you can get the help that you need! Your doctor can help you to identify if your fatigue is from a health condition, or if you're suffering from depression. Either way, a doctor can help you to get on your road to recovery. So, that you can overcome this. And, be your happiest, and healthiest version of you. :) And no longer be sleeping too much!
February 9th, 2020 4:11pm
It could be to do with stress, and that could always trigger something inside that makes your body naturally tired. Another thing is that you might do too many physical activities and you ware your self out because of it. Sleeping too little and sleeping too much are very close in the fact that it can have higher overall mortality risks It also depends on when you work, working in the day can make you generally more tired. Sadly, too much sleep can cause diabetes or heart disease according to several studies over the years. I hope this helps! -Deadlypanda
February 28th, 2020 8:07pm
It means that your body is either very exhausted and needs more sleep than normal or your body is just craving sleep. A normal sleep schedule is up to 8 hours. Anything less than that will make you more tired and exhausted than usual. However, it can sometimes mean something more seriously medically. I would highly suggest talking to a doctor and see what they have to say about your sleeping patterns. I'm sure everything will be normal, but at the same time, it's doesn't hurt to get a professional opinion. I hope you seek the answers you hope for.
April 8th, 2020 2:15pm
It means maybe you are too tired or have some underlying illness. But do not be so worried most likely you might just be too tired or you might be used to it. I think it is better to visit a doctor than reading this piece of information.Or I will very strongly recommend you to talk to our fellow listeners at 7cups.They can really do a lot and they have emphathy and patient to listen to you. You might be also pregnant too. Babies need more sleep than adult. Have a fruitful day. Hope you are feeling fine. If not request for a free listener.
April 9th, 2020 8:10pm
It can be very tempting to oversleep. Especially if you’re comfy! But sometimes it can be detrimental for your mental and physical wellbeing. There have been times where I have overslept and woke up feeling more tired than I was before I fell asleep! Oversleeping can mean a number of things. Physically, it could hint at fatigue which is a symptom of many health issues and mentally it could be an indicator of depression and a number of other mental disorders. Sleep is vital and quality of sleep can affect your whole day. Sometimes a lie in can be nice, but avoid sleeping for longer than is necessary.
April 23rd, 2020 1:08am
In my personal experience, sleeping can be used as a way to avoid things and can become a real behavior issue/ bad habit. But it could also be due to, obviously, less exercise and unhealthy eating, as well as a change in your routine or increase in stress. A mixture of all of these or just one of these at an impactful strength can contribute to oversleeping. To address the elephant in the room, depressive disorders and depressive symptoms are something shown to greatly affect your sleeping patterns, as well as other symptoms of things that are disturbing your mind. Sleeping too much can be as unhealthy as sleeping too little.
April 24th, 2020 4:42am
It’s normal for sleep to fluctuate or go through times when going to bed on a regular basis is not a personal goal and sleep schedules are difficult to maintain. Also sometimes the body is fighting off a cold or illness and needs extra self care. But if it really feels like too much, this could indicate burn-out & a need for mental self care. Have you been avoiding thinking and fixing something in your life? are you feeling malaise and sleepwalking through life? Those can be signs for a need to reflect on life and feed our souls with some healthy choices. Of course, a doctor’s advice would be needed to confirm whether it could be a physical issue.
May 3rd, 2020 10:20am
Sleeping a lot more suddenly is linked to depression, but if your just growing up, expect it to happen as the older you get the more you sleep. If you do end up suddenly feel the need to sleep more or less, it might be depression and you should double check how often you've felt hopeless sad, or unwanted. If you don't have depression, then it's 100% normal as you are just growing up, especially if your in your teens/preteens. Here's what sleep foundation thinks: The most common causes of excessive sleepiness are insufficient sleep, changes to sleep schedule, and sleep disorders like sleep apnea. But if you experience sleepiness on a regular basis, it's important to work with your doctor to rule out some of the other less common causes of sleepiness. I hoped that helped!
June 10th, 2020 4:18pm
I would first ask - what does 'sleeping too much' mean? Nonetheless, from a personal experience it could mean a number of things. For example, if you are an introvert but you are spending a lot of time surrounded by people, you will need that extra time to recharge your batteries. Another explanation could be that you are feeling sad and sometimes even depressed. Moreover, I have recently come to understand that sleeping 'too much' and being tired could also be related to your overall gut health and if you are a woman to your hormonal imbalance (PCOS, endometriosis), menstrual cycle and eating habits. I hope this helps. Love xxx
July 15th, 2020 7:10pm
Whenever I have slept too much I was battling depression or exhaustion as a mom of 3 and working full time along with being a full time student. Somedays it built up so much that my body would just shut down and say "You need to rest, please get some sleep". I have found personally that if I put myself on a schedule and establish healthy sleep routines (turning off the TV, silencing my cell phone, putting on soothing music) these helped with getting the proper amount of rest to be able to manage my busy life. Because of practicing Sleep Hygiene I now have stopped oversleeping all together and feel better emotionally and physically.
July 16th, 2020 3:04pm
There are many things that sleeping too much can mean. Firstly though, it's important to understand that it's quite possible that "too much" isn't really too much at all, it could just mean that you need the sleep. One reason for sleeping for longer periods of time than you would normally is if you're exercising more than you previously have. And in the same train of thought, if you're working really hard either at school or work (or both) then you might just be so exhausted that you need that extra recovery time, either mentally or physically. That's not necessarily sleeping too much, just what your body needs at this point in time, either because you're pushing yourself harder than before or because you're pushing yourself too much. Which is the next option - you're exhausted because you're overworking yourself and therefore you need that time to once again, recover. If it's the only downtime you have, then of course you're going to sleep longer. However, if these things don't seem to be ringing true, but you have been feeling down/sad/hopeless/heavy/empty/etc then your sleep might be increased by depression or something of the sort. Often our moods have a big impact on how we sleep and so that's a possibility as well.
July 19th, 2020 3:31pm
If your sleeping cycle is somehow changed it could mean that there were some changes in your environment. Maybe you are dealing with a lot of stress lately so your body is trying to heal itself through sleep, or maybe you are missing out on dealing with some problems linked to your emotional state. If your daily functioning is not as good as before, you should try to ask for professional help. It could also mean that you are dealing with loneliness or feeling trapped so you feel better during sleep than during waking hours. Reasons can be quite different and they should be considered individually.