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Depression At Night: How To Cope With Night Time Depression

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Depression at night: Does your mood switch off as you switch off the lights? Well, you’re not alone. Night time depression is one of the most common types of depression in the world. This unique phenomenon can not only affect your mood and behavior, it can also make you feel isolated, lonely, hopeless, and anxious. 

“Night is the blotting paper for many sorrows.” – Unknown

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), over 17.3 million adults in the U.S. experienced at least one major episode of depression in 2016 alone. It is a serious mood disorder that different people experience differently.

For some of us, the symptoms of depression increase significantly at night. Not only can it affect our mental and emotional health, but nighttime depression can also affect our sleep leading to insomnia and other physical health issues.

But why? Why do some of us feel intensely depressed at night? Why does the darkness outside engulf us completely and dim the lights in our hearts and minds?

Darkness Outside, Darkness Inside

Night time depression is one of those types of depression that creeps up on you when you least expect it. As the light starts to fade from the sky, you feel your heart getting heavier. As you head home after a long day, your gait becomes slower.

You feel your energy disappear & your mind feels clouded and lost. You try to tell yourself you’re fine. You try to feel as upbeat as you’ve been throughout the entire day. But you can’t. You try to distract yourself. Call someone close. Netflix and chill. But it seldom works.

As you lie alone in your bed, desperately trying to fall asleep, you feel the darkness outside seep into your body, mind, heart, and soul. 

Depression At Night: How To Cope With Night Time Depression
Depression At Night: How To Cope With Night Time Depression

The harder you try to sleep, the more difficult it gets. You feel complete chaos inside your mind. You breathe warmly as tears stream down your eyes and end at the corner of your lips. You taste the salty heaviness of the pain inherent in your tears. It’s silent outside. Everyone is sleeping. You’re all alone with only your lonely thoughts to keep you company.

You want to talk to someone, but you don’t want to bother anyone at this hour with your depressive thoughts. You don’t know how to deal with it. 

You feel hopeless. Tired. Exhausted. Drained. Sad. Confused. Frustrated. Lonely. And maybe even worthless. You feel overwhelmed with emotions you manage to keep at bay throughout the day. You feel sleepy. But you just can’t fall asleep. Being alone with your thoughts is hauntingly painful. 

Related: Tips to Manage Sleep Anxiety and Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Why Are You Depressed Mostly At Night?

“Night is the mother of thoughts.” – JohnFlorio

The main reason we experience night time depression is because we are alone with our thoughts. There are no distractions. And all we can do is face ourselves. We reflect and ruminate on everything that haunts our minds and heart. Unlike the daytime, when we are usually busy with work, people, and various other things, night time is the period when we are forced to confront our emotions and thoughts.

Here are some of the most prominent reasons why you experience this devastating feeling of depression at night:

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Theo Harrison

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