Bipolar Depression Symptoms

Sleep

How does bipolar depression affect sleep?

Patients who suffer from bipolar depression frequently sleep more than usual.35 This is opposite to bipolar insomnia that is characteristic of mania.

Regular sleep-wake cycles become disrupted.4 The person may sleep more, or the same amount, but during a different time of day.

What is it like to experience an increased need to sleep?

Upon waking, the person may feel fatigued and unusually tired. Due to feelings of fatigue, sadness, or apathy, the person may wish to sleep longer and not start their day.

In the morning, changing clothes, eating breakfast and performing basic hygiene may seem like insurmountable tasks.

How can I recognize this symptom?

The person stays in their bedroom for extended periods of time. They may appear to be sleeping or isolating. Their regular sleep/wake routine is disrupted.

How does this bipolar disorder symptom impact life?

A person may choose to stay in bed longer to cope with their thoughts and feelings of depression. This makes it difficult to be punctual for work or school.

Job loss or terminated schooling may occur when a person is depressed. Not needing to go to school or work can further disrupt sleep routine.

My Story

I stay in bed a lot. I find it difficult to get up in the morning. Sometimes I sleep in and don't attend class. Many nights I find it difficult to fall asleep. If only I didn't wake up every 3 hours, I wouldn't have to sleep in!

~ Yao, Haidian, Beijing