It's Monday morning. Your alarm clock goes off. You open your eyes. How do you feel? Like you have enough energy to tackle this day? Or like you need to stay in bed another hour?
Good Morning Show producer Miles doesn't always get a lot of sleep (after all, most days, he goes into work around midnight to produce his 6 a.m. show)! But one day a couple weeks ago, Miles felt extra tired. He told his team he thought it was odd, because the night before, he had a rare good night's sleep.
To VERIFY, we consulted Dr. John Chewning, a sleep medicine specialist at Novant Health Neurology and Sleep in Winston-Salem.
Dr. Chewning said the answer to this is simple. "There is no such thing as too much sleep. But if you are catching up on lost sleep (not getting enough sleep) you are likely getting more deep sleep, which can be harder to wake up from. Also, if you find that you require a lot of sleep all the time, it could indicate that you have a problem with the quality of your sleep. This could be caused by an underlying sleep disorder like sleep apnea or narcolepsy."
So, go ahead and get more sleep -- you can't get too much. But, make sure you're consistently getting better sleep so 'catching up' doesn't make you feel so sluggish.