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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.