Hypersomnia Could Be the Reason You're Waking Up Tired After a Long Sleep

There is such a thing as too much sleep.


When it comes to how much sleep you need every night to wake up feeling refreshed, I was led to believe that adults required anywhere between 6 - 8 hours. So why is it, then, that you can get that much sleep (and then some), and still have to prize your eyes open in the mornings? According to sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, it might be because you're getting too much sleep - and the condition has got a name: hypersomnia.

Benenox Overnight Recharge's sleep expert, Dr Ramlakhan, explains that hypersomnia can cause "excessive sleepiness". Additionally, sufferers of hypersomnia "may struggle to wake up in the morning, feel anxious and lose their ability to think straight."

The confusing thing about hypersomnia is that it can occur even if you think you’ve had a good night’s sleep, or slept for a long period of time. "However, it’s important to remember that getting a good night's sleep isn't just about getting 7 or 8 hours of sleep," notes Dr Ramlakhan. "It's also about good, high quality, deep sleep." Quality, not quantity, remember.

Often, people who oversleep might think that they are a good sleeper, but Dr Ramlakhan points out that "oversleeping can also be a problem and can cause serious accidents and work-related injuries.

"Often the hypersomniac is somewhat obsessed about needing to get more sleep when in fact lack of sleep really isn't the cause of their tiredness," she explains.

What causes hypersomnia?

The sleep expert explains the condition can be caused by various factors, including:

How can you get out of the cycle of oversleeping?

Thankfully, Dr Ramlakhan reassures us that hypersomnia "is something that you can work on." She suggests tweaking your lifestyle if you identify the cause from the list above, and seeking advice from your GP or a sleep specialist if you think you may be suffering.


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