Depressed After A Nap?
Yeah, naps are supposed to be refreshing, but waking up from them can sometimes have counterproductive results. What gives?
I say all the time that I feel that depression stays a part of you even long after you feel that you’ve been “cured” and for me it seems most true after naps. I know it sounds strange, but I find that if I am going to feel upset/ sad/downright miserable for no apparent reason, it usually happens right when I wake up from a nap.
The way it goes down is pretty much always the same: I open my eyes after napping on the couch or bed and I am immediately hit with this intense feeling of gloom and doom. It hits me like a ton of bricks, lasts only a few minutes and then fades away. I have even been known to cry for a minute or two while still groggy, leading me to wonder if I am still somewhat asleep or just coming out of a sad dream. Weird.
After having it happen again just yesterday I decided to do exactly what we’re told not to: attempt to self-diagnose using the internet. I was sure that I wouldn’t find anything because let’s face it, naps are supposed to be relaxing and not the cause of depression or anxiety, so I was quite surprised to find over 55 million related results when I Googled “depressed after nap.” I guess I am more normal than I thought.
Though I didn’t read through the millions of results, I did manage to get through enough of them to discover that this is fairly common and that unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any real explanation for it or diagnosis.
I personally have always wondered if my love/hate relationship with sleep is behind it: sleep is necessary and can feel great, but for me has always felt like a bit of a waste of time because of all of the other things that I could or should be doing with that time.
Now I can’t help but wonder if there is more to it after seeing just how many people feel depressed after a nap.
Anyone else feel like their world is coming to an end after a nap? Visit Help for Depression’s Facebook page and let us know.
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