This article talks about the fact that sleeping too much can be just as bad as not sleeping enough. It talks about how getting the right amount of sleep is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and how much sleep a person should get at night. The amount of sleep a person should get at night depends on their age, health, and lifestyle. However, sometimes age, health, and lifestyle don’t matter. The article says people who are sick, have had surgery, or have traveled across several time zones will need more sleep. But just because you can sleep 12 hours doesn’t mean you should. Sleeping too much can result in what the article calls “sleep drunkenness” and if it happens a lot, you should consult a doctor. But oversleeping occasionally is okay. Then the article talks about hypersomnia which is prolonged daytime sleepiness or nighttime sleep and can be caused by a lot of different things including nervous system problems, drug or alcohol abuse, or medications. Oversleeping has been linked to several diseases and health issues, too. The article ends with the suggestion to get a healthy amount of sleep by making sure to go to bed at a decent time and to set an alarm.
In my opinion, moderation is good in all things, including sleep. It makes sense to me that you’d need more sleep if you were sick or had surgery or are jet-lagged. And who doesn’t like sleeping late on the weekends and during holidays? So I think occasional oversleeping, like the article says, is okay. But apparently too much oversleeping can be bad, too, since it can affect your concentration and memory. If you’re oversleeping a lot, you might want to see a doctor, like the article recommends, since it could mean you’ve got a disease or some other health problem. I plan to still sleep late whenever I can, but I’ll probably be more careful in the future so I don’t mess up my sleep schedule.