It’s hard to believe there’s such a thing as sleeping too much, since so many of us feel like it’s a struggle to even get barely enough. Regularly logging more than nine hours of sleep a night may be a sign of an underlying medical condition, but it also puts you at risk for a whole host of health concerns.
Here are some of the biggest risks of catching too many sleeping.
Sleeping too much can raise depression risk.
In a 2014 study of adult twins, researchers found that long sleep duration increased a person’s risk of depression symptoms. The study participants who slept between seven and nine hours a night had a 27 percent heritability of depressive symptoms, while those who slept nine hours or more had a 49 percent heritability.