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Can sleep problems be a symptom of depression?

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.