Reasons Why Depression Causes Sleepiness

1. Depression makes you escape from reality

Escaping from the harsh realities of life is what people suffering from depression are always on the lookout for. Their make believe world is their own private haven, away from pain, sorrows and troubles. They find sleeping to be an easy way out. Because of their mind’s inability to cope, they find ways of avoiding the truth. Sadly, depression cannot be willed away. 

2. Depression leads to fatigue

Depression brings with it psychologically mediated physical fatigue. This is one of the most common causes of drowsiness among depression-affected people. Their back, eyes, legs feel drained of energy. The mental stress they are in becomes blatantly evident in their physical inactivity. Their psychological pressure does not permit them to remain physiologically strong for longer periods. With decreased levels of immunity, they are prone to infections and other related diseases.

3. Depression causes sleep problems

Recent research indicates that people ( adolescents and adults alike) suffering from depression inevitably have sleep problems. There are basically two main types of sleep disorders, insomnia which means difficulty in falling asleep and hypersomnia which means sleeping excessively. Among adolescents who reported being unhappy, most of them reported not sleeping enough at night. Among women and other adults, depression primarily manifested as insomnia. 

4. Depression affects the brain’s functioning

The brain is responsible for controlling all your body functions including moods and sleep. The sleep-wake cycle is a brain regulated rhythm of 24 hours, known as the ‘circadian rhythm’. The circadian system involves the hypothalamus, the pineal gland and the retina. The neurotransmitters released synchronize the human sleep cycle with daylight. However, in depression there is a disturbance in the brain’s production of serotonin and other chemicals. 

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