Sleeping for more or less than 7-8 hours can lead to these health problems

17 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Most of us always thought that not sleeping enough can lead to a host of health issues. But turns out, sleeping more than the required number of hours can also lead to the same.

Our body ideally needs seven to eight hours of sleep every day, depending on person to person. According to the researchers at the University of California, people who sleep nine-10 hours every night, have more problems staying asleep, difficulty falling asleep and many more problems. People who sleep less than seven hours also have difficulty falling asleep and waking up refreshed.

Here’s a list of problems that can be caused by oversleeping and undersleeping.

Problems caused by oversleeping


Multiple studies have shown that oversleeping increases the risk of diabetes.


According to a recent study, people who slept for more than nine – 10 hours every night were 21 per cent more likely to become obese over the time span of six years as compared to people who slept for six-eight hours.


For many people sleeping longer than usual on off days or vacation can cause headaches.


Though insomnia is more commonly linked to depression, nearly 15 per cent people suffering from depression sleep too much.

Heart disease

The Nurses’ Health Study that included 72,000 women found that women who slept nine – 11 hours every night were more likely to have coronary heart disease than women who slept for eight hours.

Risk of early death

A 13-year-old study conducted by the University of Cambridge, it was noted that over sleepers have an increased risk of early mortality.

Problems caused by under sleeping

Disrupted immune system

If you feel that your body is becoming extra sensitive, the blame can be put on your bedtime.

Weight gain

Sleeping for more or less than seven-eight hours can lead to weight gain.

Mood swings

When you have sleepless nights often, you tend you get irritable and moody.

Risk of type II diabetes

The way oversleeping can lead to type II diabetes, sleeping less can also lead to the same.

Decreased sex drive

A study found that men and women who slept for less than seven hours have lower libidos and less interest in sex.

Trouble conceiving

If you are unable to conceive, not getting an adequate amount of sleep can be the culprit.         

                — Times of India