Morning depression is one of the hardest things someone can go through. Waking up in the morning every day, hoping to have a good day ahead, but instead, you wake up with this inexplicable feeling of dread in the center of your being, that stops you from even having a teeny-tiny positive thought. Experiencing this darkness, day in and day out leads to you feeling scared of even getting up in the morning.
This feeling does have a name, and it is morning depression or diurnal mood variation. Morning depression can be extremely debilitating, both physically and mentally, and is one of the most painful things a person can experience in their life.
What Is Morning Depression?
Morning depression is one of the many symptoms experienced by people who suffer from major depressive disorder; it basically makes your depression symptoms even more painful, worse, and harder to deal with. Earlier this was considered to be a disorder on its own, but now experts believe that it is one of the many symptoms of depression.
Waking up in an extremely sad and dreadful mood every day is one of the biggest symptoms of morning depression, and if you notice frustration, tiredness, fatigue, and anger accompanying it, then chances are, you are in the throes of morning depression.
What Are The Symptoms Of Morning Depression?
People suffering from morning depression usually have acute symptoms in the morning, such as feeling sad, defeated, and gloomy. But apart from this, morning depression can also manifest in other ways too.
Some of the other symptoms of morning depression are as follows:
- A complete lack of energy after getting up in the morning.
- Finding it extremely difficult waking up in the morning, and having a hard time getting out of bed.
- Intense feelings of anger, frustration and anxiety.
- Feeling empty and defeated.
- Sleeping for a longer time than usual, also known as hypersomnia.
- Disinterest towards activities and things that you previously loved doing.
- Simple and normal tasks such as showering or making the bed, seem like massive challenges.
- Drastic appetite changes; either you are eating too less or eating too much.
- Brain fog, or delayed cognitive functioning.
- Feels like a massive challenge just to concentrate or pay attention to something.
What Causes Morning Depression?
There can be many causes behind morning depression. Some studies show that people suffering from depression tend to have imbalanced circadian rhythms, which leads to disturbed sleep, and this ultimately leads to morning depression. Human bodies have a 24-hour internal clock that helps them feel awake and energized during the day, and feel sleepy during the night. This natural and biological cycle is known as the circadian rhythm.
Your circadian rhythm controls everything, from your body temperature to heart rate, energy to alertness, and thinking patterns to fluctuations in mood. As long as all of these are in a perfect balance, your mood will remain stable, and your health in a good place.
Hormones like melatonin and cortisol work towards preparing your body for important events. For instance, when the sun rises, your body gets busy making cortisol and gives you the much-needed energy to stay energetic and alert throughout the day. When the day is on the verge of getting over and when the sun sets, your body starts producing melatonin, which makes you feel sleepy.
And now, whenever this gets disrupted, the body starts producing melatonin and cortisol at the wrong times, which leads to a detrimental effect on your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Like for example, if your body produces melatonin during the day, you start feeling fatigued, irritated, sleepy, and tired.
Gradually, all this leads to a complete disruption and imbalance in your circadian rhythm and leads to depressive symptoms.