Too Much Sleep Bad for You?

Oct 30, 2009
Outside Magazine

You're supposed to get eight hours of sleep a night to function well on a daily basis, but if you short yourself during work nights and overcompensate during weekends, you may be doing yourself a disservice. Habitual excessive sleeping can cause "sleep drunkeness" and can be a sign of an underlying health problem, CNN reports.

"There's been at least two epidemiological studies to show that if people get less than five hours, or more than 10 hours of sleep, it increases their mortality," said Michael Breus, head of the sleep division at Southwest Spine and Sports in Scottsdale, Arizona.

--Aileen Torres

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