Napping is not the same as sleeping. While adequate sleep is necessary for good physical and mental health, experts find untimely napping abnormal. People who take a nap during the daytime usually complain of fatigue or lack of energy. Though feeling low on energy may not be unusual in most cases, continual fatigue followed by a lack of motivation and interest or low mood may be early warning signs of depression.
Some people like to term it as “depression nap,” a phenomenon where a person is incapable of doing anything physically but sleep. However, there is not much material available on the frequency of daytime sleep in depressed people and its effect on their nocturnal sleep. Past studies have observed that napping habits are more similar in depressed people as compared to control subjects. Ebon, an 18-year-old resident of North Carolina shared what it means to take a depression nap in his tweet on June 27, 2017. Explaining his necessity to take a depression nap, Ebon told The Outline, “I think about things that I shouldn’t before I can even start my day and it produces this mindset that nothing will ever work out, so here comes a depression nap.”
Exploring relationship between depression and sleep
The concept of depressed people taking a nap is yet to be explored in the light of findings of several studies indicating insomnia or sleep disturbance to be a sign of recurrent depression. Though sleep disturbances for a few nights, owing to continual stress, may not be uncommon, differing sleep patterns in the absence of stress or any related triggers may be a cause of concern.
Depressed people explain how taking a nap can be invigorating and frustrating at the same time. While sleep helps to wake up refreshed, the feeling of disorientation and utter confusion even after the nap causes depressed people to feel worthless about themselves. The uncertainty of feeling well-rested post a depression nap adds to emotions of hopelessness. Though clinicians are still reluctant to use the term “depression nap,” living with the disorder entails a persistent feeling of fatigue that may result in a constant urge to nap.
Does napping help escape reality?
It is a question commonly asked if depressed people nap to escape the reality they are unable to face. Depressed patients fear that they will regret doing something even before they start. Napping acts as a magic wand in refraining them from doing something they might regret later. Individuals with depression usually like social isolation, and hence tend to think too much or adopt a negative view of everything around themselves. Sleep is, therefore, an escape mechanism for those depressed and continually sad.
An unsound mental condition causes depressed people to dream more than their controlled peers, thus, leading to exhaustion that further diminishes their ability to respond to surrounding circumstances. Fear of the inability to face the ground realities coerces them to view napping as an elixir that can help them escape what is real around themselves.
Depression is increasingly becoming more common among teenagers. Findings of a report reveal how teen depression rose from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 11.5 percent in 2014. The mental health program at Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego offers clinical support in treating depression in teenagers. Our practitioners personalize treatment methods keeping in mind particular needs of every patient looking to manage their emotional disorder problems.
The root of curtailing spiraling cases of depression lies in raising awareness about the disorder and its treatment options. Experts at Sovereign Health centers educate adolescent patients about various coping mechanisms and stress management methods. Call at our 24/7 helpline number or chat online for more information about our therapies for teenage depression.