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So, when it comes to sleep, can you really get too much of a good thing? The answer is, yes!

Of course, quality sleep is essential for overall health and well-being, but when does “the right amount” tip over into “too much”? And when you’re sleeping too much, what are the potential consequences?

Sleep guidelines

Here are the guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation for how much sleep you need – depending on your age. As you’ll see, the amount of sleep you need fluctuates over your lifetime:


Hours of sleep per day (recommended)

newborn baby

14 – 17 hours (includes naps)


12 – 15 hours (includes naps)


11 – 14 hours (includes naps)

preschool-age children

10 – 13 hours

school-age children

9 – 11 hours


8 – 10 hours


7 – 9 hours


7 – 8 hours


So how much sleep is too much?

It depends on a range of factors such as your age, activity level and your general health and lifestyle habits. For instance, during periods of stress or illness, you may feel an increased need for sleep. However, like insufficient sleep, oversleeping is a sign that there may be something awry. If you are concerned – go and speak to a healthcare professional.


What are the consequences of oversleeping?

For those not suffering from hypersomnia (which is a medical disorder) – some of the most common side effects of too much sleep are:

  • Obesity:  Sleeping too much or too little can have an impact on your weight and can lead to obesity (in some cases).
  • Headaches: Researchers believe this is due to the effect oversleeping has on certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin.
  • Mental health: Particularly among younger adults and teenagers, oversleeping can be a signal of poor mental health, or the start of it. Women, in particular, may be more likely to oversleep and feel excessively tired during the day if they are depressed.


Are there any supplements that can aid sleep?

Natural sleep-supporting supplements may help.

For example, our Magnesium Complex. Magnesium has been shown to lead to an improvement in sleep quality in people with poor sleep quality. Magnesium plays an important role in your nervous system, helping to activate mechanisms that help you feel calm.

Check out our Relaxation Blend too which contains three powerful key ingredients that research suggests reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, improve sleep quality and quantity while helping you to wake up feeling rested.


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