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The Dangers of Oversleeping

I will be the first to admit that I am obsessed with sleeping. One of the feelings I hate most in this entire world is the feeling of being tired. Since I am an HSP, whenever I am tired I become cranky, moody and unpleasant to be around. I have to live a high-maintenance lifestyle to ensure that I am getting enough sleep, especially on work days and days where I will be doing a lot of physical activity.

However, there are times that I will absolutely abuse my love and adoration for sleeping. If we’re being honest, I am actually the Queen of Regression. Whenever there is tension or conflict, my natural instinct isn’t to confront…it’s to step aside. Of course, when life becomes a roller coaster, when I get overwhelmed and when I have trouble controlling my anxiety, my natural response is to sleep. That’s right. I start taking naps every day. Instead of dealing with what I need to deal with, sometimes my fear is so great that I can’t deal with staying awake and my only way to cope is to fall asleep.


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Most people encourage naps and even say they are healthy for you; but when you OVER-nap, it can cause a huge problem. One of the biggest problems I noticed is that I started to become completely drained of energy and couldn’t complete all of the tasks I needed to complete. There is a large amount of grogginess that comes with napping too much and it makes things such as driving and physical activity super difficult, thus causing weight gain.

Not only does over-sleeping cause grogginess and laziness, but it causes depression and/or mood swings. When I over-sleep I actually become MORE foggy, which of course causes crankiness. I’ve never felt so depressed in my life (aside from when I am going through a break-up) than when I sleep too much. In addition to depression, your body starts to crave napping even when you are getting well over eight hours a night and this just ruins your entire natural internal cycle of your body. Everything from my eating schedule to my ability to exercise multiple times a week got completely screwed up.

Moral of the story, is to not abuse your body’s ability to rest. Naps are a wonderful tool for healing and rejuvenation but only within a certain harmony. It’s not healthy to avoid your fears and negative emotions by sleeping through it. Don’t abuse your nap time so it loses its wondrous effect.


The Dangers of Oversleeping

The Dangers of Oversleeping

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