Can sleep problems be a symptom of depression?
Thomas L. Schwartz, MD
Psychiatrist, WebMD Medical Expert
American Medical Association
More often than not, one of these two sleep symptoms occurs in people suffering from depression.
- Hyposomnia (too little sleep): Patients report that they cannot fall asleep, stay asleep, or wake up hours before they are supposed to. They report next-day fatigue, irritability, and an inability to concentrate.
- Hypersomnia (too much sleep): Patients report that they sleep fine at night but often will oversleep, perhaps until noon. They will then doze off and nap much more during the day.