Am I experiencing hypersomnia?

Is this hypersomnia?

hypersomnia symptoms caused by depression - girlintherapy
This is a shout out to everyone who suffers from hypersomnia like me. (Or, at least I think this is what it is.)

It happens to me from time to time. And it happened to me today! I’ve linked it to my Depressive symptoms.

My hypersomnia symptoms

Since I’m not formally diagnosed (and not on meds, etc), I don’t know if this is hypersomnia per se, but I’ll describe to you what happens to me:

  • I will be in bed for an excessive number of hours.
  • I will wake up the first time at a “proper” time. And then fall asleep again, wake again multiple times, feeling drowsy or tired.
  • I sometimes get a headache from this.
  • I force myself to get up by at lease dinner time though I don’t feel hungry but I know I logically need to eat something.

So easy to slip into self blame

Often times I’m filled with self-blame for “over-sleeping”, wasting the day, “doing it again”, not waking up for good when I woke for the first time, having had plans for the day and not being able to fulfill them…

I will feel like a loser or a failure, because I can’t even handle my sleep/wake hours and not being able to accomplish what I set out to do for the day.

Maybe it’s not hypersomnia, maybe it’s what my body needs? Enough rest? I really don’t know.

Do you suffer from hypersomnia?

Can anyone who has been diagnosed as having Depresseion share with me if you also face hypersomnia, what is it like, and how do you counter it.

Thank you so much.


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  1. msroxystar profile image
    msroxystar says:

    I absolutely have battled this as part of the depressive phases of my bipolar disorder. It’s been one of the most oppressive and damaging symptoms, and very hard to overcome. I’m learning to operate on a well structure daily routine for my life and it helps, but honestly I’m still far from having this figured out! Thanks for sharing!

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    glowbot says:

    I wish i could advise, i have insomnia instead. But with finally the proper diagnosis and medicine combo Im able to sleep. My sister has major depressive disorder and she sleeps almost all the time. I support her as much as I can. Its almost as if she has no control over it. Psychotherapy, psychiatry,my co-dependent group and medication has saved my life.

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    girlintherapy says:

    @aprettybipolargemini Heya… Thank you for much for sharing. I’ve found a supportive (recovery) community here on Instagram. So I’d be glad to be part of your support system on here… 🙂 I’ve only been “diagnosed” with Codependency. The rest of my mental health stuff, I display symptoms, but I haven’t gotten myself formally diagnosed. Thanks for stopping by, and happy to have “met” you here

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    aprettybipolargemini says:

    I’m diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Generalized & Social Anxiety Disorders, Severe Depression, & possibly undiagnosed ADHD. I have that happen on a regular basis. Instead of anybody supporting me, they treat me like I’m lazy & worthless, which just makes me feel 10x worse!

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