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Why do people with depression sleep alot?

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Dr. Gregory Fehr
Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Depression: Sleeping and isolation can be and "escape", for those depressed. These can forgo more serious problems and help should be seeked.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Not sure: Major depression disrupts many body functions, including sleep and appetite--but it can affect both in either direction. Some people sleep much more, others much less; some have no appetite and lose lots of weight, others overeat and gain weight. Exactly why presentation can vary so much among people remains an area of intense interest.
Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Exhaustion: Fatigue, exhaustion, low energy levels, psychomotor retardation are all "vegetative" symptoms of depression and indicate a general slowing of all activity. More sleep is the result. Also lower motivation and drive contribute to "wanting" to sleep all the time.
Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
One of symptoms: There are multiple symptoms related to depression.One of symptoms is excessive sleep.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
sometimes it is due to low energy, but often it is lack of drive and avoidance behavior.
Apr 25, 2012
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Not always true . .: Depression can alter sleep patterns, as can stress, diet, anxiety, alcohol, work, medications & lack of exercise. Depression can result in changes in neurotransmitters such as serotonin, Dopamine & norepinephrine, which influence sleep. Some types of depression are associated with agitation, which may decrease sleep, and some depressions are characterized by fatigue, which may increase sleep.

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