Hypersomnia: excessive sleepiness.
One of the ‘delights’ of living with depression is the contradictory symptoms you can experience: insomnia, hypersomnia; weight loss, weight gain – it’s one of my bugbears with the medical model of psychiatric illness: that the same label can apply to a disorder with such a huge range of symptoms.
Still, I’m being unfair, because I can experience both insomnia and hypersomnia (though obviously not at the same time, ha ha).
This week, it’s hypersomnia.
Perhaps it’s because this week, I have been unconsciously avoiding feeling things, thinking about things? And perhaps the insomnia comes at times when I am more in touch with my feelings? It will be interesting to observe these trends over the next little while and see if this prediction pans out.
What’s your experience of sleep disturbance with depression?