Most of us manage to function on far less than eight hours of sleep per night. Health experts tell us that lack of shut-eye can do a lot of harm, particularly if we already suffer from certain health issues. However, despite the recent British study published by Neurology, the Official Journal of the American Academy of Neurology, too much sleep (or more than 8-hours a night) has been linked to an increased risk of stroke of up to 46-percent. Still, there are times when a little extra snoozing is the just what the doctor ordered…
1. During Pregnancy
According to research from the National Sleep Foundation, 78-percent of all expecting moms feel exhausted when pregnant—and for good reason. During the first trimester, a good majority of pregnancies are fraught with nausea, sprinting to the bathroom with morning (or all day) sickness, and the general anxiety and excitement of being pregnant present to disturb your regular sleep schedule.
And it won’t be better during the second and third trimesters when fetal movement and pressure, increased progesterone (which is linked to sleep disturbance), back pain, and restless legs syndrome (RLS) are common. So don’t feel guilty about stealing an afternoon nap to increase your daily hours of shut-eye.