How to recover from sleeping all day?
May 4, 2009 10:26 AM Subscribe
How do you recover after a bad day spent entirely in bed?
posted by cosmic osmo to Health & Fitness (38 answers total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
Like I suspect many people here do, I suffer from bouts of depression. I am in therapy and on medication, but I still have the occasional "stay in bed all day sleeping/doing nothing, don't get dressed, eat nothing/eat a lot of random crap, wallow in self-pity" days that just make me feel horrible by the end of them.
They're bad enough on their own, but the worst part about them is that they totally snowball for me -- if I sleep all day on Saturday, I'm up all that night and then end up sleeping through all of Sunday, even if my mood is generally better, which then makes me feel even worse than I already did. Even when I make an effort to sleep through that night (taking melatonin or benadryl to knock myself out), that means I've basically spent 24 hours in bed and I'm rarely able to get out of bed at a reasonable time the next day anyway. (I've heard that too much sleep can actually make you tired.) Essentially, I feel listless on Saturday, and then physically exhausted on Sunday.
I know about strategies to avoid this kind of day to begin with (I am in treatment for my depression; I've also read David Burns' Feeling Good and try to institute CBT in my day-to-day life); but how do you avoid them messing up multiple days in a row when they do happen? Is there a preferred time that night to sleep/eat to best prepare for the next day and get your schedule back on track? Do you have some kind of ritual that symbolizes the official "end" of that day?
(I'm aware that having these days means that something should probably change in my depression treatment, and I'm working with my doctor to try and figure it out. In the meantime, I would just really like to know if there's a way to confine these periods as much as I can when they do end up happening.)