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Why do I feel so depressed at night?

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Last Updated: 07/29/2018 at 12:02am
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Anonymous
October 3rd, 2016 7:44pm
At night, you are alone with your thoughts, enabling you to feel much more sad as you have more chance to think about it. there's probably also some scientific reason that idk because i'm bad at science
Solia
November 14th, 2016 2:00am
At night is usually when people go to sleep and everything gets quiet, therefore you are likely to have less distractions and night-time can easily become lonely. It also gets dark at night, which can make you feel depressed.
dancingJoy75
February 7th, 2017 4:17pm
Sometimes we are tired. Our mind is still chatting from the day and although your body is relaxed your mind is not.
electricHorizon81
August 21st, 2015 5:59am
It is because your mind is idle and all the negative thoughts tend to seep in. Clear your head before sleeping. Either writing it down or talking to someone might help.
Anonymous
August 21st, 2015 6:00pm
At night, there are fewer people to keep me company when I'm feeling really sad and there's no sunlight around to make me feel better.
Hoper12
August 26th, 2015 3:29am
Let me say from experience, everything seems worse at night. For one you're tired and you can't process your emotions and cope with your feelings as well. Another problem is at night we tend to feel more alone. But its important to remember that we aren't alone and that tomorrow is a new day. Usually when I wake up after a night of feeling depressed I realize things weren't as bad as they seemed. Its hard to realize that when you're in the moment of course but remember it gets better. Sleep on it and deal with the sadness in the morning when your mind is in a bit better place.
Anonymous
August 27th, 2015 3:27am
It is when everything become dark, we are alone, there is just silence and we can hear our own mind.
Anonymous
August 27th, 2015 5:50pm
The nights often get lonely. You're alone with your thoughts and especially if you want to sleep and try to relax they all crawl up at once.
AverageGirl05
August 28th, 2015 10:48am
It may be because the light has gone down so the darkness brings out the bad feeling from inside. At night we tend to thing of things more deeply as we have less of a distraction from everything around us.
Anonymous
August 30th, 2015 9:57pm
People tend to feel more depressed at night because that's a time they are alone. Also they have time to think alone xx
PoliteOcean
September 2nd, 2015 3:06am
There is an effect that happens to some people when the "sun" goes down at the end of the day. Sometimes this often puts those who suffers from depression in an even more depressed mood and such. Speaking with a healthcare provider, counselor or therapist about your situation will help you to understand more.
Trainwreck1998
September 3rd, 2015 3:59am
Night time is commonly associated with cranky and grouchy feelings. It could be various reasons for feeling depressed during late hours: your body telling you it needs to sleep, or even feeling a lack of companionship. A suggestion to truly understand this feeling is to be more aware of what differs from the a.m. to the p.m.
amazingCreature23
September 4th, 2015 6:15am
That's when you are alone & its so quiet that you start to think of all things you wanted to forget.
MisterxXxAxXx
September 5th, 2015 6:56pm
I think it's common to feel more depressed at night. During the day we have distractions from our thoughts because of the activity of other people. then at night, you have all the time in the world to think, so you might think of depressing thoughts
Anonymous
September 6th, 2015 12:15pm
Night time is usually a very quiet time. It leaves us alone with our thoughts. Especially when we're at a challenging stage in our lives, these quiet moments can make our problems seem like giants(when they really aren't). It's important to see where your thoughts go to at night and try to find out where the negative feelings stem from.
facingTheAbyss
September 9th, 2015 2:01am
Depression can often come up at night when we are encountered with our own aloneness. Sometimes fear may accompany this aloneness. In my own experience, nighttime brings the realization of stillness and quietude: things that my mind resists. We can find out for ourselves what depression might be trying to tell us when we tune into its felt sense in our body, rather than simply running away from it through endless distraction.
Pablo008
September 16th, 2015 11:11am
Because when your mind is not distracted by a million different thoughts that is when it starts to dig deep into dark parts and worst memories
Riann5
September 17th, 2015 9:06am
Maybe the stress of having to deal with things the next day. doing the same thing over & over again.
Anonymous
September 17th, 2015 8:59pm
You're considering the night your enemy, not your closest friend. Can't say it's not your fauly, really. Nights are nice, especially Icelandic winter nights with auroras.
needpeace84
September 19th, 2015 4:48pm
Because when you go to bed you know that the night will run away while you sleep, and in the morning all your unresolved problems will be waiting for you.
Anonymous
September 20th, 2015 6:48pm
At night is when you really have time to think. Your mind sets to thinking about everything in your life because your are no longer as occupied with day things.
auditrice
September 23rd, 2015 2:16pm
During the day time we are busy in chores, in office work or our studies, basically there are many things to keep us distracted and occupied during the day time but at night when we lay our bed and reflect comes all 'whys' and 'hows' without there being much distraction so that how we feel depressed at night more.
Anonymous
September 23rd, 2015 7:10pm
During the day, your mind is working, at night your mind has only one thing to think of. In the day you're off dilly dallying and at night you're winding off starting to think so much more.
Anonymous
September 24th, 2015 12:51pm
Maybe you start to feel more depressed in the evenings because you've stopped doing things and its at the front of your mind then.
Anonymous
September 26th, 2015 1:24am
that is mainly because at night you are isolated surrounded by darkness, and the feeling you get when you realize that friends come and go and that you are on your own
Anonymous
September 27th, 2015 8:50pm
I think it's common to feel more depressed at night. During the day we have distractions from our thoughts because of the activity of other people.
Anonymous
October 21st, 2015 8:33pm
Night time is when I feel the most upset. Night time is when my thoughts throughout the day catch up to each other and I am suddenly over-whelmed with my thoughts I ignored all day. Night time is also when I am by myself, so it is when I am and feel the most alone. Feeling alone and being over-whelmed with your thoughts can make you feel depressed.
MintyBruh
October 23rd, 2015 9:20am
Might be to do with family or school life, friends anything that is effecting you, maybe try talking to someone about it, like you're parents or a teacher
Anonymous
October 24th, 2015 4:04am
at night i am lonely and i have more time to think about all the reasons to be sad and thats what makes me depressed at night
ViewFromTheClouds
October 24th, 2015 7:41pm
When we retire to bed, at the end of the day, it's often a time to reflect on whats happened during the day. Especially, when we're lying in bed, in the dark, with nothing to occupy ourselves, we look within, we reflect, and sometimes this can cause us to fall into a depression.