Sleep is one of the things in life that most people feel they can never have too much of. Part of the reason you feel this way is that failing to get enough sleep affects almost every other aspect of your day. Simple things like mood and complex things such as fine motor skills are greatly diminished by a lack of sleep. But, how much sleep does your body really need and is it possible to become addicted to sleep?\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat is Sleep Addiction?\r\nIf you are obsessed with sleeping or have an intense desire to stay in bed, you could be suffering from a condition called clinomania. That doesn\u2019t mean that there aren\u2019t people who can experience symptoms similar to addiction and even withdrawal in association with sleep, or lack thereof, however. There have been many studies conducted to determine the ill effects of getting too little sleep.\r\n\r\nHowever, a few studies are beginning to explore the impact of getting too much sleep as well. One recent study conducted by Universite Laval\u2019s Faculty of Medicine concluded that risk of developing diabetes is 2\u00bd times greater among groups who sleep fewer than seven and greater than eight hours each night. There are physical dangers in too much sleep just as there are physical dangers involved in getting too little sleep. Other studies have revealed similar results for obesity and cardiovascular disease.\r\nHow much Sleep is Ideal?\r\nA new study conducted by Scripps Clinic Sleep Center in La Jolla, Calif., has determined a finding that is surprising to many. Even more importantly, these findings have been supported by similar studies conducted in East Asia and in Europe.\r\n\r\nWhat is the surprising revelation? According to the study, people who sleep between 6\u00bd and 7\u00bd hours per night live longer than those who sleep more or less. In fact, this study blows the idea that you need a minimum of eight hours of sleep completely out of the water by further claiming that: \u201clong sleep seems to start at eight hours. Sleeping 8\u00bd hours might really be a little worse than sleeping five hours.\u201d\r\nKicking the Sleeping Habit\r\nYou know the old adage \u201cIf it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it must be a duck.\u201d The same holds true with sleep addiction. If it acts like an addiction and feels like an addiction then you need to kick the habit as you would any other destructive addiction.\r\n\r\nUnfortunately, when it comes to sleep, you can\u2019t just stop sleeping cold turkey. Your body still needs to sleep. But there are a few things you can do that will help you stop oversleeping.\r\n\r\n1)\u00a0 Focus on quality of sleep rather than quantity - sleeping on a latex mattress can help significantly.\r\n\r\n2)\u00a0 Eliminate caffeine from your diet several hours before bedtime, preferably after noon.\r\n\r\n3)\u00a0 Create a sleep schedule and stick to it.\r\n\r\n4)\u00a0 Turn off all electronics, such as the television and computer, at night so that you\u2019re actually sleeping through the night and not constantly waking or being impacted by how light affects sleep.\r\n\r\n5)\u00a0 Get an adequate amount of sleep without overdoing the sleep (6 \u00bd to 7 \u00bd hours are generally plenty).\r\n\r\nIt will take awhile to get back on a proper sleep schedule, but the mental and physical health benefits of doing so are well worth the efforts. Even if it isn\u2019t a medically recognized addiction, sleep addiction still has many of the destructive capabilities of any other addiction to your social life, emotional well-being, and physical health. Don\u2019t dismiss its potential impact on your life by ignoring the problem.\r\nLink to Us!\r\nIf you found this article useful and shareable, please copy and paste the following into the html code of your website or blog:\r\n\r\nLearn More about Getting a Better Night's Sleep and Good Sleep Hygiene at <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/sleep-disorders\/sleep-addiction\/">Plushbeds Green Sleep Blog<\/a>.