There is a mostly silent group of people that suffer from sleeping too much. These people often feel ashamed for having this problem as most of them don’t realize they can actually be suffering from a problem that has identifiable causes. On the contrary they feel like it is their fault. The feel like they are being lazy or like they don’t have enough drive among other things.
There are some legitimate reasons why a person may sleep too much not the least of which may be that they are depressed and need some sort of help from a professional. It is sort of logical that a person that was depressed would not be that energetic and that they would naturally want to sleep a lot. It may even be a mild depression and the excessive sleep may be the only evidence but it could be depression none the less.
There is no doubt that there are many disadvantages from a physical standpoint to oversleeping but now there is even scientific proof. There was a study done where about 9000 people from America were studied to try to figure out if there is any sort of relationship between diabetes and sleeping too much. In this study it was found that for people that slept more than 9 hours a night there was a much larger (fifty percent) increase in diabetes. This same thing was found in people that got less than 5 hours of sleep a night. Those that did the study were not able to make any physiological connection for those in whom they saw this increase but just that they found a correlation between under and over sleeping and diabetes.
There is also an association between obesity and oversleeping that was discovered in another study. In this study for those that got over 10 hours of sleep there was a 21% increase in obesity and this was the case in spite of the fact that the intake and exercise remained consistent.
No matter how you look at it, too much sleep is a problem so get help as soon as possible and hopefully avoid these problems and others that are related.