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Why do I feel so depressed at night?

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October 25th, 2015 2:54am
Normally if it's just at night for the most part it may not be depression, but don't just assume it's not, i'm not saying it's for sure not depression but some people just start feeling alone at night. Like, people say that they want you to miss them even during the day, because at night you feel lonely anyways and aren't normally doing anything. Hopefully this helps a little.
October 25th, 2015 3:47am
when it's dark and you're all alone you may feel depressed because you don't have anybody there to support you or you don't want to bother anybody so you sit/lay there just thinking of things that will make you feel horrible about yourself.
October 25th, 2015 8:08am
Maybe the lack of communication at night caused by people going to bed could be triggering this emotion - Another option could be the lack of light and brightness (natural) could also cause this emotion.
October 25th, 2015 8:38pm
Often I used to feel depressed at night when the rest of my family had gone to bed and all were asleep. I would lay awake in tears, and I knew I had to figure out why. Specific night sepression can be caused by insomnia. If you lay awake all night, you might be overl stressed about the day you had or are afraid of the day to come.Find the root of your stress and you can sleep happy.
October 28th, 2015 2:59pm
I feel you are so depressed at night because now there is literal darkness that surrounds you. Therefore, you must remember, the stars and the moon break through that too, that's all they live for is to burn in their brightness. It is your turn, too!
October 28th, 2015 8:12pm
From my experience, I feel like I might be more depressed at night because my mind is going at full speed at this time, so I think more and therefore tend to think about things that make me more depressed, like past failures or embarrassments.
October 29th, 2015 4:44am
you might feel so depressed at night because its quit and your not really around anyone to keep you detracted from your thoughts.
October 29th, 2015 6:07am
Depression tends to hit at night because you feel alone. You should be winding down, but insomnia is a symptom of depression and so your left alone with your thoughts.
October 29th, 2015 6:13pm
People can feel depressed at night because there are no impulses at that time. The day is over, at this time people think about the past day.
October 30th, 2015 4:59am
At night, many people are alone with their thoughts...either winding down or trying to go to sleep. At that time you leave your mind open for negative thoughts. From there the depression is able to come on easily
October 31st, 2015 12:42am
Is it when it is dark or when there are no people around? During the day there are things to do but at night there is quite time for some thoughts to come or feelings to persist. If you feel lonely then at night it can be stronger.
October 31st, 2015 3:34am
Normally, nighttime is a much more depressing time for people because it's a time where your body stops moving, and you can focus on your thoughts and reflect on your life. As is our nature in being human, we view the negatives in our life much clearer than the positives, so when we are left alone to think, our thoughts can become very dark.
November 1st, 2015 9:11pm
It's dark and you just want to sleep. You're alone with your thoughts. You don't have your daytime activities to distract you. You're free with every single thought you push away during the day. Good and bad.
November 2nd, 2015 2:28am
The world is a lot more quite and I am normally alone at night. I tend to overthink at that point in time which can make my depression worse.
November 5th, 2015 1:12am
Nighttime is the time where our thoughts roam free, this is just where your mind wanders. Try thinking positively and watching or thinking of something that makes you happy
November 5th, 2015 5:42am
At night you are most likely by yourself and can't turn off your brain.Try sleeping pills or playing music if possible
November 5th, 2015 2:48pm
Nighttime/when you're ready to go to sleep/it's dark out is when things get quiet and you're left alone with your thoughts... you may suppress those feelings and thoughts during the day where you're busy and can push away those problems, but at night they come back to haunt you because you can't move your attention onto something else...
November 6th, 2015 1:36am
Normally at night when you are relaxing at home or on your bed is when your mind is not thinking of work or family or anything else is when the thoughts of yourself become more apparent. During this times you will think of what you have done right and wrong in life or for that particular day this can cause depression if you didn't have such a good day. Try meditating before sleeping to prevent this thoughts.
November 6th, 2015 3:07am
My depression is always worse at night, the only explanation I have is that for me it's because I have nothing to focus on. I have to sleep, I have nothing else to do, and so it allows my mind to wander into very distressing thoughts and emotions. I'd often try to speak to people online, do essays, or watch videos in an attempt to avoid this happening. This led to me having sleep procrastination issues and side effects similar to insomnia. The best method for me now is to make myself too tired or peaceful for thought. I'd suggest drinking sleepy tea and reading a book for about twenty minutes, once the tea is finished i'd continue reading and then sleep when you become very tired.
November 7th, 2015 8:31am
Sometimes its the dark, can be thats when your mind has a calm moment after busy day...then comes all the thinking. Thats what happens with me.
November 8th, 2015 5:05am
Night is when everything tends to slow down. This is the time where our brains have time to process all that we've taken on during the day. When not much has happened in the day, our brains sometimes start trying to process things from the past. This isn't ideal, but it's sometimes necessary. When we go backwards, it may often lead us to think about our core memories, and thus, old wounds, Old wounds being brought to memory can cause depression to feel more fresh, and increase the feelings of depression. (By the way, there is a really good movie that came out recently that touches on the subject of core memories and how they are formed. It's meant for children, but it's great for anybody who has trouble managing their emotions. The movie is called Inside Out. You might want to check it out. )
November 11th, 2015 11:45am
I don't know, it's just a feeling. I move a lot, mostly because I am am military child, I recently moved to another Country...
November 14th, 2015 9:50pm
Sometimes when you're most alone you let your thoughts get to you so you end up feeling depressed in cases such as these I believe you should try to get yourself to sleep sooner perhaps even speak to a doctor if it gets worse but try to take your mind off the negatives in life and focus on the positives you'll find that you don't feel so depressed
November 15th, 2015 2:47am
I think I feel depressed more at night because I have much more time to sit and think about all of my problems, everything that is bothering me. Plus right now we are experiencing the Fall time change and a weather change as well and I know this can affect my depression.
November 15th, 2015 6:32am
Maybe because you're alone and it's dark. And depression can keep you up at night when you should be sleeping- it messes with your sleep schedule.
November 18th, 2015 1:48am
At the nighttime we often find ourselves alone with our thoughts. Our minds continue to wounder while our bodies slowly shut down. The scariest part of the night is how we are stuck with our selves. No distracting or outside sounds. You can often feel depressed at night because that is when the sun is not out, and there is no light shinning thew the window. Fortunately the sun will come up. You are not alone and although the your bedsheets are comfortable and safe it's best to get out of bed and make the best of each day.
November 18th, 2015 2:58am
Because of darkness, and solitude, and coldness, and overthinking (this one occur mostly at nights).
November 18th, 2015 5:47pm
Night is the time when we feel lonely and lost. Thinking about whatever bad we achieved through out the day and that makes our thoughts more vulnerable to depression and anxiety.
November 19th, 2015 7:13am
A lot of times we are so busy during the day that we just don't have time to process how we're feeling. At night, our brains seem to slow down and really think about how we are - there are less distractions at night. Oftentimes we are alone at night, which can only add to negative feelings. Some good coping skills for this would be to go to bed at the same time as other people, find activities to distract you if you are feeling depressed, or talk with someone about your feelings if you're feeling depressed.
November 19th, 2015 10:19pm
At night, it is often quiet, particularly after everyone has gone to sleep. This leads to a feeling of loneliness, as if there is no one to talk to. It is also a time that many people feel like they can express how they really feel without anyone noticing.