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Depression and Over-Sleeping975 Views
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There are a number of causes of depression. Some can be attributed to abuse, genetics, death or loss, conflict and medications. Learn more about the causes of depression.
Description: Feel like you could just sleep all day? Don't ignore it. It's a possible symptom of depression. Find out more about depression and over-sleeping here.
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Excessive sleeping or feeling overly tired during the day is one of the symptoms of major depression—affecting 15 to 20 percent of people who have the disease. If you are crawling into bed for more than 8 hours a night or taking extended naps during the day, talk with your doctor to make sure medications you are taking are not the cause. Extreme drowsiness may be a side effect of your antidepressant or an interaction between that drug and other meds you take. If your HYPERsomnia—that’s oversleeping—is not from your medications, talk with your therapist about what you are feeling and why you think you are so tired all the time. If you’re not in psychotherapy, you might want to start. In therapy, you’ll learn to confront your feelings and negative thoughts. You may find you are subconsciously DODGING them with sleep. And whatever you do, don’t STOP taking your antidepressants. They help relieve your depression and your symptoms may WORSEN if you go off them abruptly. Sometimes, people who re depressed use intoxicating substances as self-medication to dull their thoughts and feelings. But alcohol and drugs can DEEPLY impact your sleep cycle, and may make you oversleep even more. Plus, alcohol can make your symptoms WORSE, clash with your antidepressants and INCREASE your risk of suicide. One effective way to break out of your lethargic state is to start working out. Exercise has been shown to ease depression, and regular physical activity may help reset your wake-sleep cycle. SUNLIGHT also may help reset that cycle – so if the weather’s okay, exercise outside. To learn more about major depression, watch other videos in this series.