Sometimes, you just can't help sleeping in. It could be because you've had a late one the night before, or simply because you have nothing better to do. Either way, sleeping for more than the recommended eight hours per night may actually be doing you more harm than good as, contrary to what you might think, several studies have concluded that oversleeping is bad for your health.
The reason this has all popped up again in the news is down to a new study which claims that oversleeping could lead to a premature death. Pretty morbid but more on that later. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged between 18 and 64 should sleep for between seven to nine hours a night. This decreases once you hit 65 to no more than eight hours every night.
There will be occasional times in which you oversleep. But sleeping for around ten hours on a regular basis can result in some detrimental physical and behavioural changes. This is all down to sleep affecting the body's circadian rhythm which is a 24-hour cycle that determines the sleeping, feeding and general living patterns of all living things.
When you sleep for too long (or too little), your body struggles to get back in sync, resulting in you doing things like eating at different times and then repeating the whole process all over again. After a while, it's inevitable that you'll start to feel the effects.
If you're a lover of your bed or like a good old nap every now and then, here are a few things to be aware of.