Here's why depression is making you so tired
We all have moments of feeling blue, but if depression has taken a more lasting hold of your life, you might be noticing exhaustion also creeping in. That's no coincidence.
In fact one study found 90% of those suffering from depression were also experiencing fatigue.
Psychiatrist Don Mordecai explains to Huffpost the reason depression and exhaustion are linked is because "depression affects neurotransmitters associated with alertness and the reward system." That means depression is psychologically making you feel drained.
But being exhausted doesn't mean you'll sleep more soundly, one clinical psychologist tells Huffpost depression can make it more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Once you are up, you may notice a general brain fogginess and difficulty staying motivated to even complete simple tasks. At work, getting yourself to focus may take more energy, which sets it all up for a repeating cycle of exhaustion.
it's not all doom and gloom. If you can identify something that is causing you to feel tired, aim to start making healthy lifestyle adjustments, like adjusting your workload or your nighttime ritual or even working out more.
Of course, identifying the core issues that are affecting your thoughts and mood is vital with professional help, such as consulting your GP.