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  • Hello Psych2goers, and welcome back to another video.

  • We'd like to give you all a big thanks for all the support that you've given us.

  • It's our mission to make psychology and mental health more accessible to everyone.

  • So, let's begin.

  • Have you ever experienced sad moments particularly when you're about to sleep?

  • Do you tend to feel more depressed during the night?

  • This can be explained by a mood disorder called night-time depression.

  • In this video, we'll be talking about the factors that may lead to worsening feelings of depression at night.

  • Before we begin, we would like to mention that this video was created for educational purposes only.

  • We highly recommend that you consult a mental health professional if you have any questions about your personal mental health.

  • With that said, here are six reasons why you feel more depressed at night.

  • One, you feel lonelier during night time.

  • Do you live by yourself like me?

  • Does winding down at the end of the day bring you a feeling of loneliness?

  • If you live alone, there may be fewer distractions to keep you from ruminating on negative thoughts especially at night.

  • With the lack of interaction or companionship, thoughts of loneliness or isolation may kick in and make you feel worse during the night.

  • Two, you ruminate more on before you go to bed.

  • Do you stay up thinking about your past mistakes?

  • Are you kept awake by thinking about what could have happened if you had made different choices some time ago?

  • Oftentimes one of the main reasons we remain awake is negative thinking.

  • While reflection is a great way to evaluate yourself to become a better person, excessive rumination may lead to anxiety or depression.

  • Number three, there's too much light in your room.

  • Do you sleep with the lights on?

  • Is there a slip between the curtains that allows light to sneak in or is the light from outside your door shining it?

  • According to studies by the American Journal of Epidemiology, the source of light can disrupt your sleep cycle which causes symptoms of night-time depression.

  • So it's important to maintain a dark environment so that our brain can adapt to the resting process.

  • Four, your circadian rhythm is not coordinated.

  • Have you ever experienced jet lag?

  • And this is when your circadian rhythm or internal body clock is not used to the new timezone you're in.

  • Your circadian rhythm often tells you the time to stay active and the time to rest.

  • However, if it's not properly maintained due to sleeping at odd hours or because of jet lag, you may become prone to developing the symptoms of night-time depression.

  • Number five, you work or study at night.

  • Guilty...

  • Does your job require you to work at night, or do you go to night school?

  • When you work or study at night, you may end up sleeping at odd hours or getting rest only in the morning.

  • Since you can't sleep at night and daylight can interrupt your sleep cycle, you may find yourself having trouble sleeping over time.

  • This may increase your chances of unwanted exhaustion and night-time depression symptoms.

  • And number six, your chronotype is disoriented.

  • Do you feel more awake at night or feel really sleepy during the day?

  • Chronotype refers to the signal in your body that tells you the appropriate sleeping time.

  • If you sleep when you're not sleepy and stay awake when you are, you may be more prone to the risk of feeling depressed over time.

  • This habit can worsen the symptoms at night leading to difficulty in falling asleep, feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and isolation.

  • Do you experience feelings of depression during night time?

  • Let us know in the comments below.

  • Also, if you know someone who may benefit from online counseling, we have actually partnered up with betterhelp an affordable online counseling platform that you can utilize.

  • And if you need to get your mind off some thoughts, they're also accessible at night.

  • The link will be in the description box below.

  • We'll see you next time.

Hello Psych2goers, and welcome back to another video.

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    Annie Huang posted on 2020/09/22
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