Thursday, October 13, 2011

Diurnal Mood Variation - I feel better at night

Over the years, I have notice how my mood changes along with the time of the day, for me it is from day to night. I am always happier and more energetic once the sun begins to set and the evening is about to take its course.  In other words, during the day time hours I tend to feel more sensitive to sadness and  a lack of energy, at night time I feel much better emotionally, physically and mentally with more energy.

This morning when I woke up, I decided to do a bit of research on the net to find out if there was a name for this particular feeling I experience more often than I would like to. According to what I read by typing in the keywords (depressed more morning) I found out that it is actually a symptom of depression.

A symptom called Diurnal Mood Variation which can make a person feel worst during daytime hours but, better at night. Exactly, what the cause happens to be for this particular symptom is not known. It is however, related to something called Circadian Rhythm which, since I’m no expert at explaining technical terms, you can certainly read more about at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circadian_rhythm

Now, I have a pretty good idea of why I feel better at night.

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15 comments:

  1. Wow, thankyou for this! I too always feel a sense of relief once the sun has set...I am certainly more relaxed with the darkness of the night, and always dread the mornings...Nice to know there is an actual name for this! And to know you feel the same way :o)

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  2. Chantell, thank you for reading my post. Yes, it always helps when some one can identify with similar feelings.:)

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  4. This is very interesting, I used to feel a little better at night because I was home and away from the hassles at work, but circadian rhythms also make sense. We are all so different aren't we, but awareness and education are a huge piece of halting the stigma of mental illness. Thanks so much for sharing your finds here.

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  5. its a common fact that people feel relaxed at night because they wait for that time in the hardworking day, to get some rest and think about life and stuff. it helps in mind calmness and relaxation.
    love to read your post.

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  6. Thanks for share infomrative posting!!!

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  7. Wow, that’s what I was searching for, what a stuff! existing here at this weblog, thanks admin of this web site.

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  8. Thank you for visiting! Hope you stop by again:)

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  9. This happens to me as well. Great Post!!

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  10. I think people may have two views on this. Yes there is the relaxing time at night when you know you can rest and then there is DMV. I believe I am suffering from depression as during the day I feel so depressed and anxious that i feel I am trapped and doomed no matter what I am doing. Working or laying on the beach. But no matter what thoughts of guilt or fear I have by 9:30 at night, just like clockwork I feel 100% Ok and I don't want to go to sleep because I know I will feel bad again in the morning and have to wait until night time again. Also I think related to it like clock work I wake up at 6:00 am feeling bad, no matter what time I go to sleep at. I am going to talk to my doctor about DMV next week and see what she says.

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  11. Hi craig, I can really relate to your comment and hope you come back and tell us what the doctor says. Thank you!

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  12. So I talked to my Doctor and she said that DMV is a real sign of depression. I have problems sleeping in the morning as well as feelings of being alone even if I am in a room full of people. The doctor has put me on antidepressant medication as well as told me to see a specialist on my diet. However the meds im on I am told will talke a week or so to start showing results. I will check back in in a week and tell you how I feel.

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  13. Hi Craig, first I want to commend you on taking a huge step toward your health. I always feel it is very important to discuss your physical as well as your mental health with a doctor who will advise you of the best course of treatment. I also have felt alone in a room full of people and my depression interferes with my sleep. I am happy to say it is not as bad as it use to be, I am a lot better, like everything, it took me time and a lot of foot work. Not easy for me but totally worth it. Please do get back to me and thanks again for stopping by:)

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  14. I had this form of depression and guess what I beat it! it hasn't occurred to me for years. i can help you do that too... all you need is will power and imagination. Whenever, i felt depressed, I just left the house and did physical exercise such as cycling and jogging. I always felt better when I was with people and was actively socialising with them. Talk to people, play sports, go to the movies, study, do whatever, but divert your mind and tease your depression. And yes, always fill yourself with hope. Whenever you get bouts of depression, think of all the things you have to look forward to, and think them fast and strongly. and try to smile and laugh a lot...ull be rid of it soon

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