Could Your Naps be a Sign of Depression?

Adults can learn a lesson or two from young children who regularly take naps in the afternoon. Videos surface on occasion of a young child in emotional torment as they try to cope with their exhaustion. Adults are not liberated from this experience. Sleep is critical for all people, at any age. Even after a full night’s rest of the recommended 6-10 hours of sleep per night, a day’s activity can still deplete the brain of its natural energy. Hydration, balanced diet, exercise, and other daily activities can sustain the brain as well as the body from becoming exhausted. However, exhaustion is still exhaustion. When the body and the brain need to rest, a nap can be an efficient and energizing way to create that energy. Just a twenty minute nap can help boost cognitive function, metabolism, and energy. Ninety minutes of napping can boost creativity and productivity.

Napping due to exhaustion can be a sign of depression. Chronic low energy, fatigue, and exhaustion are common symptoms of depression that can be confused for other conditions. Depression is not always characterized by low energy and lack of motivation which would create the typical image of depression where someone struggling is always in bed. A common experience of depression does include those symptoms. Napping in depression is as much a restorative effort as it is a way to cope. Using the experience of exhaustion and fatigue as a catalyst, a nap can become a way to avoid the difficult emotions of depression, or stressful situations in general. Turning to a nap for which the depressed brain and body will already be prepared to take is a symptom of avoidance and escape. Too many instances of taking naps to avoid dealing with reality is a symptom of depression which could indicate poor mental health.  Depression is often co-occurring with substance use disorder. Naps could potentially evolve to include substance abuse to induce sleep or maintain sleep instead of waking up and participating in life.

If you believe that you or a loved one might be struggling with depression or substance use disorder, long lasting recovery is available. Infinity Malibu offers luxury residential treatment programs and a full continuum of care for co-occurring disorders like depression and substance abuse. Start your legacy of recovery today. (855)575-2604

Recommended Posts