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Can you gain weight from sleeping TOO much?

Commented on March 01, 2014
Created February 28, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Has this happened to someone else? I've been sleeping like a bear this winter. On my no-gym days I'd wake up at 7, drop off my kids at school, come back home, but instead of going on about my day (I work from home), I'd just go right back to bed until noon. Nothing changed about my diet, appetite as usual, feeling fine, no complaints. I figured maybe the horrible depressing weather was affecting me, and to listen to my body, etc. etc. Lo and behold, a month of this and my pants are super tight. Could this weird sleeping pattern be affecting me negatively? Thanks!

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on March 01, 2014
at 06:32 PM

There's always stress, but it's never affected me this way before.

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on March 01, 2014
at 04:22 PM

It's always possible, but more likely due to seasonal affective disorder if you're in the northern hemisphere - or if you were under a lot of stress recently, it could be related to that.

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on March 01, 2014
at 01:42 AM

I've thought of that. I had it checked last year, and it was OK. Apart from what I mentioned no symptoms. I'm turning 40 this year, though, so could my hormones be going out of whack?

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on February 28, 2014
at 09:48 PM

does that include the 2nd stint, when you sleep to ~noon

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on February 28, 2014
at 09:15 PM

I usually get 8 hours a night. But sometimes I naturally wake up after 6-7. I was never a heavy sleeper. This is not including the second stint.

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on February 28, 2014
at 06:58 PM

how many hours do you sleep in Each stint (second stint is when you sleep to ~noon)

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on February 28, 2014
at 07:14 PM

Could be something else is the root cause - that is making you feel you need the extra sleep and also causing you to gain weight.

How's your thyroid? Any symptoms of hypothyroid?

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on March 01, 2014
at 01:42 AM

I've thought of that. I had it checked last year, and it was OK. Apart from what I mentioned no symptoms. I'm turning 40 this year, though, so could my hormones be going out of whack?

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