The dangers of too much sleep

"Too much sleep" sounds like a problem most of us only wish we could have -- but too much sleep is a very real problem, and one that could be every bit as bad as too little shuteye.

And in some cases, it could be even worse.

Poor sleep -- whether it's too much sleep or too little -- can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, anxiety and more, according to one new study.

But the biggest risks of all don't go to people who get so little sleep their eyes are always bloodshot. They go to people who spend more time in bed than they do anywhere else... people who sleep for 10 or more hours a night, according to the study in the journal Sleep.

The problem, of course, is not an occasional night of poor sleep. We all suffer through a late night every now and then. And who doesn't love sleeping in on a Saturday morning after a long and busy week?

No, the real problem is when these bad habits turn chronic -- when you're getting poor sleep night after night, month after month and year after year.

While too much sleep and too little sleep might sound like very different problems, they often share very similar causes, including lifestyle issues, poor diet, hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiencies.

But one of the biggest undiagnosed causes of chronic fatigue -- one of the biggest reasons people can sleep 10 hours at a stretch or more and still feel worn out all day -- is a problem in the adrenal glands.

It's called adrenal fatigue, and the good news is that it can be corrected -- if you have a doctor who knows what he's doing.

Adrenal function can be checked by testing for levels of stress hormones in the saliva, urine and blood. A holistic physician can run those tests for you or, if you're in the Southern California area, I can run those tests here in my clinic outside San Diego.

Contact my office for more information or to make an appointment.

Not in the area? I can still help -- I'm available for telephone consultations on fatigue, sleep disorders or any other health issue. Call 855-DOC-MARK to learn more.