Fitness Tips

Sleeping Too Much: Yeah, It’s a Real Thing

September 12, 2015

I love my sleep.

I’ll take a solid 9 hours of beauty rest over most night-time events. Yeah, I’m that person.

And while some of you might be gasping and wishing for the ability to hit the sack before 2am, let me tell you: sleeping too much is a very real thing.

Before you laugh, think about this: when you wake up at 8am and start your day, don’t you feel a little bit more productive and generally better than when you sleep in until noon?


Oversleeping can make you feel groggy, unproductive and can generally confuse your body. Some studies have shown that people who sleep for more than 8 hours sometimes die sooner that those who get between 6 and 8 hours (so I’m screwed…). And while I’m not suggesting you stay up until the wee hours of the morning to extend your life, there are definitely some good reasons why not to over-commit to your bed:

+ One longggggg stretch of sleep isn’t natural.

There’s evidence that until the 17th century, people didn’t sleep through the night but spent their time asleep in two parts. Also, being dead to the world for 10 hours at a time is a little weird if you think about it. Even if you feel like 7 or 8 hours of sleep isn’t enough for you, rather than staying in bed for 10 hours a night, try taking an afternoon nap instead.

+ Hypersomnia (over sleeping) has been shown to lead to anxiety, depression, and being even more tired.

Brains and sleep are really complicated things whose relationship isn’t fully understood yet. But so many studies show (and even I can say from experience) that sleeping too much doesn’t give you twice as much energy; it actually causes you to be more drowsy throughout the whollllle day. If you have this tendency to over sleep, then it would be advisable to visit a sleep consultant from the likes of Gwinnett Sleep, or similar others. Maybe sit with them and figure out what is leading to you over sleeping! Sometimes, this could have to do with certain neurotransmitters in the brain being over-worked – the expert would know.

+ Over-sleeping can make you fat.

Okay, that statement might be a bit of an exaggeration but studies have shown that sleeping too much can be just as detrimental to weight loss as under-sleeping. This is probably because you’re physically active for less time. This also might be why back pain caused by sleeping too much is a thing.

All this being said though, if you have a lazy Sunday morning or are catching up on sleep, you should be just fine.

Think you’re sleeping too much? Good news: it’s pretty easy to overcome.

Assuming you’re not sleeping too much because of medication or alcohol, getting less sleep (and in turn, not feeling paradoxically shitty during the day) is simple:

+ set an alarm (figure out when you should get up for a nice 8 hours)
+ plan a busy day (if you have something active to do during the day, you’ll be less motivated to sleep)
+ exercise (its proven that more exercise during the day leads to deeper sleep, no matter how long)
+ make it routine (it’ll be hard at first but once less sleep becomes routine, you should be good to go)

So the next time you go for 12 hours of sleep just because you can, try limiting your sleep a bit instead. I bet you’ll feel better in the morning.

Have you ever noticed the effects of over-sleeping?

** image from here

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  • Sarah September 12, 2015 at 17:44

    I didn’t know over sleeping could be a bad thing! Sometimes after a long sleep I feel more tired!

    Sarah |

    • Pia S September 13, 2015 at 16:59

      right?! It’s a little disappointing haha

  • Ela BellaWorld September 12, 2015 at 20:03

    Only time I sleep too much is at the weekend. I mean during the week I wake up at 6 am and go to bed at 12-1 am so I guess I deserve that extra sleep πŸ™‚ However definitely agree that constant oversleeping is a problem which can also be related to health or mental problems! xx

    • Pia S September 13, 2015 at 17:01

      Yeah, catching up on sleep is a good thing too. Thanks for reading Ela!

  • Fiona Sharpe September 12, 2015 at 23:06

    Oh god, I definitely started to realize that over-sleeping was a thing this summer… Luckily I’m back in class and work now and starting to see the mornings again!


    • Pia S September 13, 2015 at 17:05

      I get that! I’m excited to have a routine again too. Thanks for reading Fiona!

  • Elyse September 12, 2015 at 23:28

    To play the devils advocate; I read somewhere (wish I could remember) that Women require more sleep than Men. Also, Teenagers and Young Adults require about 10 hours of sleep a night because your brain is still forming and such.
    But I totally understand what you mean about sleep groggy-ness!
    Great post πŸ™‚

    • Pia S September 14, 2015 at 13:09

      Hm, I had no idea! I’m all for getting as much sleep as possible haha.

  • Mlle Coconath September 13, 2015 at 05:04

    Great post!


    Mademoiselle Coconath

  • Nikol September 13, 2015 at 07:59

    Great post!:)

    Wanna follow each other on GFC? πŸ™‚ Let me know! πŸ™‚

  • LuxuryColumnist September 13, 2015 at 15:59

    It’s quite hard to get the balance right with sleeping – sleep too much and you’ll be overtired and the same if you don’t sleep enough!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Pia S September 14, 2015 at 13:10

      Isn’t life hard sometimes?! haha. Thanks for commenting Suze!

  • Caroline Schurman-Grenier September 13, 2015 at 16:36

    Totally agree with this. More than 7 or 8 and I feel crappy.
    Although too little and I feel awful as well.

    • Pia S September 14, 2015 at 13:12

      Its alllll about the balance (which is always easier said than done) πŸ™

  • Nora Gouma September 13, 2015 at 17:42

    Pretty interesting post, not many people talk how long they sleep. Thank you for sharing!!!


  • Heidi September 13, 2015 at 18:52

    Very interesting post!! πŸ™‚

  • Belle melange September 13, 2015 at 19:14

    Great post, thanks for sharing!

  • Angelina September 13, 2015 at 19:30

    I had no idea this was a thing! Though I’ve found if I get over a certain amount of sleep, I wake up feeling sluggish, not awake! Good to know.

    I love the graphic you made! Would you mind sharing what software/website you used? (:

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin’

    • Pia S September 14, 2015 at 13:13

      Thanks for reading Angelina! I use Canva and Pixlr (its like an online simple photoshop).

  • Ting September 14, 2015 at 05:03

    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Stefanie Pink September 14, 2015 at 10:55

    Oh dear, I wish I would have that kind of problem, haha. I rarely get enough sleep even though I am very sensitive to not sleeping enough. There is just always so much to do…

    x Stefanie

  • rae September 14, 2015 at 10:55

    To be completely honest, I think I will still indulge in my longer sleep ins on Saturday and Sunday since I just work too much during the week and want to also go out and have long nights on Fridays and Saturdays. But I do think that overall it is important to try to hit that prime number of hours of sleep during the week.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Pia S September 14, 2015 at 13:14

      Agreed! I’m all for a weekend lie-in but I guess what it comes to things like summer vacation, it’s important not to over-indulge in sleep. Thanks for reading Rae!

  • THE AVANTGUARDIAN September 14, 2015 at 11:50

    Good point. I often feel tired all day when I oversleep and I get a slight headache as well (not sure if that’s normal). I try to get 8 hours of sleep max!

    • Pia S September 14, 2015 at 13:15

      Same!! I’m never sure if it’s because of sleep or because I haven’t enough to drink though haha. Thanks for reading <3

  • Kat Horrocks September 14, 2015 at 12:18

    I definitely feel weird when I sleep in, kinda like a zombie all day. I do like to do it every so often if I’m exhausted, had a long week or had a really bad sleep the night before, but generally I wake up around the same time everyday. My body clock is wired to wake up early!

    Kat |

    • Pia S September 14, 2015 at 13:16

      I totally get that. I’m always pleased with myself when I get into a nice and early routine.

  • Natalia GutiΓ©rrez β„’ September 14, 2015 at 16:52

    I try to sleep eight hours every night, not much more or much less. But I never knew this info. Thanks for sharing, I think I will send it to some sleepy people I know


  • Morgan September 14, 2015 at 18:13

    This speaks to me. I can so easily sleep into the afternoon. But you’re absolutely right, taking more control of my own sleeping habits has lead to a much healthier lifestyle overall! Another great thing is to look at Apps that look into your REM cycle. That way you can try and get the most efficient amount of sleep!

  • Pixics September 14, 2015 at 20:48

    I remember oversleeping during my college years. Now I get about that sweet spot of 6-8 hours. Although now I’m older and I do feel less energy in general. Very weird.

  • Stephanie September 15, 2015 at 03:33

    I’ve never considered that it was possible to oversleep. I’ll definitely have to be wary of this on my weekends!

  • winscribbles September 15, 2015 at 05:20

    gorgeous blog color layout!

    oh yes, I learned about this the past year esp when I met my bf who loves to sleep and is able to sleep for 12 hours but I cannot and if I try I become cranky! eeeek

  • Viviene Kok September 15, 2015 at 18:14

    I always feel like a pug after an accidental long nap in the afternoon, especially during the weekends! Thanks for letting us know πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Real Life Nerd //

  • Krista September 15, 2015 at 20:03

    It’s always such a hard balance with sleep, too much, too little. I think its so personal and I try to go with the flow, get more when I need and less when I don’t.

    Loved this post though girl. Always good – thank you!



  • Katya Bychkova | StyleSprinter September 16, 2015 at 23:49

    WOW is it a real thing? I don’t know anyone (at least, not in New York) who is over-sleeping. People here are living on 4 to 7 hours of sleep per day maximum. In fact, I am dreaming to sleep more than 8 hours one day. Maybe, I’ll do it when it’s time for vacation! ;))

  • Dice Limbaga September 17, 2015 at 16:40

    Thanks for the tips! I have been over sleeping too much, one of the reasons why I’m getting fat πŸ™

    Dice, Wildest Heart

  • Lovely A November 6, 2015 at 20:53

    This is all so true! I’ve been oversleepping these past few months after quitting my job and moving to California. I thought I was just catching up on sleep, but I’ve been feeling so much more tired and unproductive on most days.
    Btw, I’ve only read 3-posts of your blogs and I’m already hooked. About to bookmark your site!

    tc, Lovely