Oversleeping vs. under sleeping: What you need to know

We all like to sleep in a little bit, whether we actually get to do it is totally different but every morning when we wake up we want 5 more minutes. Ideally, adults should be sleeping around 7 to 8 hours a day while children and adolescents need an hour more sleep to feel good. But not a lot of people actually sleep for that duration, more than a third of the people get less sleep than the recommended. Under sleeping has some adverse side effects, and one might think that oversleeping would be the opposite of this phenomenon, but the reality is quite the opposite. In fact, both oversleeping and under sleeping have adverse side effects on the human body. Sometimes it is because you need a new bed while other times it could be your lifestyle getting in the way.

Just want to crawl back into bed?
Just want to crawl back into bed? Think twice before you treat yourself to more sleep. Read more to find out.


Has it ever happened with you that you were busy with some big project and had to burn the midnight oil and lost some sleep, and in order to make up for it you still felt tired, drowsy and miserable? Just like when you got too little sleep? Well, that is exactly the kind of adverse side effects I had mentioned before. When you sleep for too long a time, you go through these effects:

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Depression
  • Increased inflammation
  • Increased pain
  • Impaired fertility
  • Higher risk of obesity
  • Higher risk of diabetes
  • Higher risk of heart disease
  • Higher risk of stroke
  • Higher all-cause mortality

Now, these may sound familiar because some of them quite resemble the side effects of under sleeping.

So how do you know if you are oversleeping?

  1. You have no energy

Having little to no energy can be a sign that you are getting more sleep than you need to have. It might seem like something of a contradiction, but sleeping too much can lower your energy, leaving you feeling even more tired than you were when you went to bed. This happens when you mess around with your biological sleep clock.

  1. You might get more headaches

Headaches are one of the most common and most irritating side effects of oversleeping. If you are already the type of person prone to getting headaches, sleeping too much is something that you should certainly avoid. You might either wake up with a headache or you might start developing a headache through the day. This is because the brain is over producing serotonin, which is responsible for causing headaches and migraines.

  1. You might get back pain

Lying down for more hours than is necessary can lead to you developing back pain. This is especially a problem when you are sleeping on a mattress that is not ideal for your body.

Under sleeping

We’ve all lost sleep once in a while, sometimes because we were working till late or because we were having a marathon of our TV shows or movies, but we have done it at least once. That leads us to be sleep deprived and utterly miserable the next day, this is what we all know but there are some actual side effects which are as follows:

  • Higher mortality rate
  • Fatigue
  • Higher risk of heart disease
  • Depression
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Judgment impairment
  • Skin damage
  • Risk of weight gain
  • Lower libido
  • Increases forgetfulness

We see that the effects of oversleeping and under sleeping are not that different and are actually quite similar. In fact, both of these phenomena have the same effect on our sleep cycles as they completely disrupt it. Moreover, your hormonal secretions are disrupted that cause you to have an imbalance. Most people work on their diet and exercise, but not a lot of people focus on the ‘rest’ period.

Both a lack of sleep and too much sleep can leave you yawning.
Both a lack of sleep and too much sleep can leave you yawning.

So how do you know if you are sleep deprived?

There are a few signs that your body will show when you are sleep deprived. Keeping in touch with your body will help you to uncover whether or not you are getting enough sleep. Here are just a few of the “symptoms” you will notice if you are not getting enough sleep:

  1. You are hungry all the time

When your brain is not rested well enough, it is going to look for energy from sources other than rest. Eating more will be one of the first signs you will notice when you are sleep deprived. By eating more, you will start to notice that you are gaining weight. Take notice of your body and make sure that your appetite is as it should be.

  1. You are acting without thinking

When you are permanently tired, you are going to be more impulsive than you usually would be. You might find that you are spending more than you normally would, and you might find that your temper is not as it should be. Keep check on your emotional state. You might also notice that you have fewer inhibitions. One of the downsides of this is that while you are acting without thinking, you are also having trouble making decisions. Projects at work, and things that need to be done at home will both be taking a heavy knock when you are unable to make the right choices, but you are acting impulsively.

  1. You are more accident prone

If you are the type to be a little bit accidental, you might find that with the lack of sleep comes more than your usual accidents. When you are tired, your motor skills are not going to be what you are used to. A lack of sleep is sure to leave you slightly neurologically impaired, so keep an eye on your motor skills.

It’s a time when your body resets, recuperates and re-energizes for tomorrow. Too little or too much of the good stuff is bad for your health. However, research shows that the health consequences of sleep deprivation are worse than from too much sleep. While the effects are similar, the fatigue from sleep deprivation will impair your motor skills and if you drive a car or any other vehicle, that means an accident leading to loss of life.

The best beds to get the right amount of sleep

Cloud Nine Grande I-Sleep - Double XL Bed

At The Mattress Warehouse, we have a selection of beds for you to choose from. Beds designed to mould to the sleeping position that you prefer and beds that are just the right firmness are the kinds that are usually best suited to ensure that you get just the right amount of sleep.

This month you can find a great collection available from our online store. The Rest Assured beds, Cloud Nine beds, and Fabbro beds are just a few of the luxurious but affordable beds that are available from our warehouse shop. These beds are manufactured using the very best fabrics, fibres and foams, ensuring that every night is one spent sleeping happily. You should never overlook the comfort of your bed; a bad bed is one that will give you restless sleep night after night.

Majestic beds and the South African Strandmattress brands are another two that you should consider having in your home. These beds are ideal for every family member and they are perfectly suited for keeping your body comfortable night after night. Beds require minimal maintenance to keep them in a good condition, which adds to the benefits of investing in such a bed.

With The Mattress Warehouse, you are guaranteed to get a quality bed that you can rely on. You can contact us today to find out more about our brands, or you can visit our store to find that great bed.