Why Your Depression May Seem Worse At Night

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Depression affects everyone in different ways. Some people report feeling more depressed in the mornings and it’s common for people to report feeling more depressed in the evenings, even if they spent their whole day feeling upbeat. Depression comes in cycles for many who suffer from it, but if you’ve noticed your symptoms worsening at night, there are some common reasons why.

Put Down Your Phone

Studies have indicated that exposure to light, especially blue light, can lead to nighttime depression. It also disrupts your circadian sleep cycle which can lead to insomnia that can cause depression to worsen. We often play with our phones at night or check social media accounts, ending this habit can help with insomnia and depression caused by light exposure. Try to stop browsing your phone for an hour before you go to bed and don’t fall asleep with the TV on. It’s also recommended that you go to bed only when you’re ready for sleep rather than laying in bed and watching TV for lengthy periods of time. A sleep-mask is also a good idea for blocking out any other unwanted light.

Keep Your Mind Preoccupied

Another reason why you may feel more depressed at night is rumination; a deep or considered thought about something. Essentially, you’re dwelling on stressful or traumatic events which is causing a decline in mood. This is why people report feeling more depressed at night. We tend to have more opportunities at night to be alone with our thoughts without interruption. The best way to prevent rumination is to keep your mind preoccupied with something else. This is a perfect time to start reading a new book or finishing one. You can also add the thoughts to your journal and think of solutions to the issue or positive affirmations rather than negatives. 


Of course, there are many other reasons why your depression may feel worse at night. Dealing with a mental disorder is exhausting for most people who have them. By the end of the day, you feel fatigued because of the mix of thoughts, emotions, or physical side effects of your disorder. Also, just trying to maintain some resemblance of “normalcy” is exhausting. Avalon Malibu has a staff dedicated to helping you live your best life. We want to help you regain a healthy balance for everyday living. Our treatment models are flexible to fit your needs. We have a framework for healing and self-discovery necessary for sustainable recovery. If you or someone you love is suffering from substance abuse or mental health disorder, please call us today (844) 857-5992


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