Tag Archive | sleep and depression

Can you have too much of a good thing?


After months and months of surviving on between 2-4 hours sleep a night I have now developed a need to sleep all day. Well, not quite all day, but a lot more than I am used to and all without my usual medication.

I don’t know whether I am catching up on the sleep missed or whether this is another symptom of my current depression episode. I am not sure if its good for me or not. I am trying not to worry about it too much and instead go with the flow. If my mind and body say “sleep” I sleep. I am in no position to argue as I am too tired to fight it.

After 12 hours sleep last night, I have also slept for a total of 5 hours between 11.00am and 7pm today. I am still yawning and doubt that I will have any trouble in dozing off soon after my evening meal. There has to be a limit on catching up so I am hopeful that by early next week I will be feeling much livelier. If not, I will need to reassess my coping strategies planning for my return to work. I don’t really want to be falling asleep at my desk!

Abnormal sleep patterns are a common symptom of depression and it seems that I am experiencing a range of disorders during my latest battle. Perhaps if I get them all out of the way I can move on to establish a healthy pattern of 7-8 hours per night which should suffice.

In the meantime, at least I have Tom to keep me company….