Can you sleep too much? Your questions answered

Can you sleep too much? Your questions answered

Can you sleep too much?

We’re all well aware of how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, but do we always get the right amount?

If we are being totally honest, most of us would probably admit to not having a set routine when it comes to sleep – fluctuating each night between what is perhaps considered too little or even too much, but this can be disastrous for our sleep pattern as a whole.

It can be a struggle to get back on track, but in order to put your mind at ease, Silentnight’s resident sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, has answered some of the most frequently asked questions about sleep patterns.

Is getting too much sleep bad for your health?

Dr Nerina said: “Oversleeping, or hypersomnia, is often associated with poor lifestyle habits. Those who oversleep are less likely to exercise regularly and eat healthily which can predispose them to obesity, diabetes, and heart problems.

“Since working in psychiatry, I’ve noticed that oversleeping can also be linked to low motivation and drive, and even depression.”

Does sleeping more cause health problems, or are existing health problems causing people to sleep for longer?

“It’s a combination of both. Mental health problems can certainly cause oversleeping, as when we lack purpose and motivation in life, it can be harder to get out of bed – it’s important to have a reason to get out of bed in the morning.”

Is snoozing really that bad for you? Is it worse to sleep for 8 hours and then snooze for 1 hour, or is it worse to sleep through for 9 hours?

“There’s nothing wrong with snoozing from time to time – just as long as it isn’t all the time. If you find that you’re doing it more often than not, this could be an indication that there are some underlying mental or physical health problems.”

Is it OK to just oversleep on weekends, or is this worse?

“If done in moderation, this isn’t too bad. However, bingeing on sleep at the weekend can disrupt your routine, and while you may be able to catch up to some extent, you can’t fully recover.”

You can read Dr Nerina’s further advice on catching up on sleep at weekends here.

How do you get out of the habit of sleeping long hours?

Dr Nerina believes that anybody can break their bad sleeping habits by implementing small, positive changes to our day that will have solid benefits to our sleep and energy levels.

Her five non-negotiables are as follows:

  • Don’t commute on an empty stomach
  • Drink alkaline water
  • Moderate your caffeine intake
  • Limit your screen time
  • Have at least four early nights a week

Are you trying to get your sleep back under control? Tell us how on our social media pages.

Free UK Delivery

Our standard 2 Man Delivery Service (Mattresses & Divans)

  • Free UK delivery* to your room of choice throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
  • We provide a free professional two man delivery service that will deliver your purchases to your room of choice.
  • This service includes the set up of your bed or mattress in your chosen room, plus the removal and takeaway of the packaging.
  • We deliver most items Monday to Friday, 9am - 6pm.
  • On average products are delivered within 7 - 14 days.
  • *Some restrictions apply, please visit our delivery information for more detail.

Next Day Delivery Service (Mattresses/Bedframes)

  • Free Next Day Delivery, via a courier, to the door only.
  • A card will be left, with a contact number to call for re-delivery, if there is no one in.
  • Delivery will be between 8am - 7pm - Monday to Friday for Mattress-Now products
  • If ordered with another item, the Next Day Delivery will be delivered first, usual delivery terms apply for additional items (this may incur 2 deliveries)

60 night comfort trial

We're so confident that our beds and mattresses will provide you with a great night's sleep that we offer the security of the very best in terms of comfort guarantee.

  • At Silentnight we want to be sure that you are satisfied with the comfort of your new bed or mattress which is why we offer a total peace of mind 60 night comfort guarantee. If for any reason you are not totally satisfied we will exchange your purchased bed or mattress for an alternative Silentnight bed or mattress of your choice.
  • We do however ask that you try your new bed for at least four weeks for your body to adjust to your new bed or mattress.
  • For full terms and conditions, please click here for further details.

Total Quality Assurance

Before it gets to you your bed has been through a lot

  • All our mattresses, upholstered bases and headboards are made in the UK
  • All of our product meet European standards and exceed British standards
  • All our Upholstered beds and mattresses ordered through Shop.Silentnight are made to order
  • This means they are not stored for prolonged periods of time and are shipped to you direct from our factory.

Testing

  • Accredited onsite laboratory to bring the best products to you
  • Every Silentnight mattress type is tested to ensure it exceeds all British standards
  • Silentnight products are fully certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC®) FSC-C104461
  • We are full members of the Furniture Industry Sustainability Program.
Superbrands The Sleep Council nbf approved