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Does Excessive sleep affect Metabolism

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If you are planning to go on a Himalayan trek or participate in a Triathlon or just plain join a gym the first activity that your trainer will ask you to do is check your BMI i.e. Body MassIndex so that they can tailor your regime based on that BMI parameter.BMIshows body fat percentage and helps identify health risks (if any).A BMI ratebetween 18.5 to 25 is considered healthy and therefore a person whose BMI falls in this range will burn more calories during rest and active state as compared to a person with higher BMI. In short,an increase in BMI increases the probability of contracting health issues such as Diabetes, BP, and Heart problem.

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Connect between Sleep and Metabolism

The main purpose of sleep is to repair and restore the body and mind. When we are asleep all excess energy is diverted to this activity. It has been proven that sleep deprivation causes issues such as fat gain with muscle loss, increased appetite, and a host of other lifestyle diseases. So, is catch-up sleep or excessive sleeping over weekends the solution to overcome this? Definitely No!!!

Sleep is something that needs fine balancing as insufficient or excessive (sleep) both are equally damaging to health. They both tend to disturb the normal circadian body clock leading to various health issues. Sleep experts are of the opinion that people who sleep less than six hours or more than ten hours daily are likely to develop symptoms related to Metabolic Syndrome such as fat around the waist, lower levels of good cholesterol, and high sugar during fasting.

What Happens when you Oversleep

The primary risk associated with excessive sleeping is weight gain, spike in sugar levels, and probability of developing a chronic inflammation. The risks associated with irregular quantity and quality of sleep on Metabolism is different for men and women. Studies indicate that oversleeping has more precarious outcome for the fairer sex as compared to men. Men who sleep more than 10hours are likely to suffer from increased levels of Triglycerides i.e. increase of fat in the blood. This raised level is an indication that you maybe suffering from heart disease and Metabolic Syndrome. However, for women oversleeping comes with additional side-effects such as high sugar levels, lower level of good cholesterol, and increase of fat around the waist.

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Oversleeping is also known to aggravate an existing condition or inflammation such as Alzheimer, diabetes, blood pressure. As compared to people who sleep within the normal range people who slept in excess showed signs of gaining weight faster, developing glucose intolerance, and higher probabilityof developing Type 2 diabetes, which untreated can lead to insulin dependency.

Excessive sleepiness also causes short sleep durationcycle. This means that because you can’tgain the required sleep quality and quantityat night yousuffer fromexcessive day-time sleepiness. This pattern if not broken causes a vicious cycle of sleep deprivation at night and excessive sleepiness during the day.

Tips on overcoming excessive sleepiness

To find a sustainable and correct solution to any problem the first step is always to identify its root cause. This is true when trying to overcome daytime sleepiness orhypersomnia or excessive sleepiness. The reason for your daytime sleepiness could be;

  • a sleep disorder (sleep apnea, narcolepsy, snoring, RLS etc.) that disrupts your night sleep or
  • odd working hours (shift job) or
  • Psychological factors (boredom, mental fatigue, depression, anxiety, or PTSD).

There are many ways in which you can get your body clock in sync to create that fine sleep and wake balance. The first would bemodifying your lifestyle by regularly exercising, increasing body’s exposure to sunlight, strictly following your sleep and wake time, stop napping during the day, and cut down on stimulant close to bedtime.

Despite all lifestyle changesif your condition still doesn’t improve then the cause could be a certain medication or an underlying medical condition (diabetes, hypothyroidism).In this scenario you must consult your physician and get a detailed treatment program to help you improve your sleeping habits.

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