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... when you are depressed? Too much or too little? 

I know depression is starting to get me when I'm sleeping more than 10 hours a day. Then when I'm full-blown depressed I'll sleep up to 20 hours per day (14-15 hrs on average). 

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I figure it doesn't matter when my average 16 hours does absolutely nothing to make me more awake and alert, in fact, sleeping makes me even more tired.

And I am depressed all the time, have been for almost 10 years. Sometimes my sleep changes but ultimately I am a zombie or walking corpse regardless, so it hardly matters. 

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Unmedicated and depressed, I will sleep 8-9 hours per night with naps during the day. Now, because I take Remeron, I sleep about 10-11 hours per night with occasional naps.

When I was in remission, I thrived on 7 hours of sleep.

In general, I sleep more because of my depression. My meds also cause me to sleep more.

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I'll sleep 2 hours per night, constantly pacing, but then once I get the kids to school I'll sleep all day (they walk home), and wake in the early evening. It's weird, because I am not a night owl at all. My sleeping shifts just change with my mood cycle.

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Depression where you tend to sleep and eat more is known as atypical depression. My depression is atypical. I believe that a lot of bipolar depression is also of the atypical variety.

Typical depression is marked by eating less and sleeping less.

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I usually struggle with insomnia while depressed, often very severe. I averaged three hours of sleep per night during my depressive episodes in recent years, and occasionally I would sleep less than an hour, or even not at all. I was up for 81 hours continuously at one point, which is the worst patch I've ever had (not counting drug-induced insomnia). I found a sleep cocktail that works for me two years ago, thankfully. 

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It's so fascinating that depression can present with insomnia or hypersomnia (which is considered atypical, I think?). I cannot imagine going without sleep and feeling depressed. It sounds so awful. I sleep in part to escape.

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When I was a teenager, I slept way too much. I'm not sure how many hours but a majority of my time was spent in bed. Now, I can average the normal 7-8 hours but some days I'll only get 4 or 5. My main problem is that I can't sleep good at all (takes me an hour or two to fall asleep or I wake up every 10 minutes or every hour, constantly toss and turn). 

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In the past five days I've slept a few hours every night.  I go through phases.  Sometimes i can sleep a lot and other times hardly at all.  I can't come up with a correlation between my mood and the particular sleep phase I am going through though.  It seems pretty random.  I wish it could be consistent.  

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For me, when depressed or stable I sleep erratically no matter what, so when I sleep it is more in chunks of sleep.  And it is different every night.  I don't keep track really, but I hope for a good 4-5 hour chunk of sleep all at once (sometimes I have 6 hours all at once), plus other chunks of sleep at night that are in 1-3 hour chunks.  Varies.  During the day I also need to sleep, and that is for about 1-2 hours.  However, I never feel totally rested.

When I am hypo/manic, I find myself sleeping less, so I force myself to at least lay down and rest because I know what happens to me if I don't sleep much.  And that helps.

Like TakeAChillPill said above, I wish it could be consistent.

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