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Getting the correct amount of sleep is something that is extremely important to every living creature. While it may seem like a wonderful thing that cats can sleep an average of sixteen hours a day, this would not be good for humans no matter how tempting it may be. Over sleeping is just as dangerous as not sleeping enough, and can cause your body quite a bit of damage. Here are some reasons to be cautious of sleeping too much.

  1. Medical Concerns. The human body normally only needs just so much sleep. If you are sleeping more than the recommended amount, then it may be a reason to see a doctor. Studies have been done that show that those who oversleep are more likely to have a mental health issue such as depression, or have an underlying medical disorder such as an untreated heart condition or other circulatory issue. If you are unsure why you are sleeping a lot, or constantly feel tired, head into your doctor and see if you may have another reason to be constantly lethargic.
  2. Sleep Apnea. One reason you may feel tired after waking up in the morning is because of a condition such as sleep apnea. This is a disorder which obstructs your airways at night and causes a moment of pause in the natural breathing cycle. This can cause issues with a sleeping habit and may make the sufferer feel more tired.
  3. Medication. Certain medication may make some of us feel drowsy. Generally this will be posted on the bottle, but even small things can make the effects on our sleep change. Something as simple as not eating before taking your medication or taking it at a different time may cause the additional need for sleep.
  4. Headaches. Sleeping more than eight hours a night, even on weekends or vacation, may cause head pain. Many times, our reaction to a headache is to go and lay down if possible, however this may simply be making it worse. Ask yourself if you’ve been sleeping too much and it may be causing the pain.

If you are having trouble sleeping, or are sleeping too much, come into DiBella Chiropractic and see if a spinal adjustment is just what the doctor ordered. You never know until you try.

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