Waking Up Depressed But Feeling Good After An Hour?

Hi guys!


I haven't posted here in a while but really do love this place for working things out. I have seen multiple threads on depression and apologize if this is a repeat topic, I couldn't find anything exactly like what I'm experiencing unfortunately. 


So basically I am a happy, energetic, 30 year old guy, traveling the world and getting into all kinds of mischief. The biggest problem I face day to day is that I always wake up feeling really bad in the morning but usually after about an hour I feel great.... Some days I struggle to get out of bed at all and feel like whats the point of it all...... This isn't your standard morning blues, I had that growing up and can tell the difference. This is like full on depression but only while I remain in bed... Almost like my body telling me to get up and stop being a lazy shit. I know the obvious solution is to just get up and start the day, exercise, go for a walk etc but it is really really hard and I want to know if anyone else has experienced this. 


Let me clarify a few thing first that I have noted.


  • Its not about being tired in the morning, I sleep well and have these same feelings despite being well rested or tired. 
  • This seems to occur regardless of weather I'm fasting or eating normally.
  • I try to eat well, mostly paleo but don't have a lot of money due to extended travelling and this leads to eating crappy food. The symptoms are worse after a night of bad food.
  • A coffee in the morning speeds up the good feels. I usually use stevia but also use sugar sometimes which helps even more to cheer me up leading me to believe this is food / blood sugar related. 
  • I have gone off caffeine completely for months at a time and it seems drinking normal or decaf coffee doesn't change anything.  
  • This occurs regardless of weather I have or have not drunk alcohol or smoked marijuana the night before so I don't think it's a kind of hangover.


Is this making sense to anyone? I am happy to clarify anything. More importantly is there anything I could do to stop this from happening? 


Thanks in advance!





  • dazdaz today is a good day ✭✭✭
    - does it matter whether it's light or dark when you wake.

    - is it seasonal, or all year round.

    fake it till you make it

  • Hmmm an interesting point Daz! I have recently moved to Sweden where there is far less sun than in Australia where I am from. 


    Honestly I have never made note of the weather or season but can see how this could affect me. 


    Are you thinking its a form of seasonal depression due to reduced sun and vitamin D?


    I will start paying more attention to this and get some vitamin D to test, thanks!


    Tyler .

  • dazdaz today is a good day ✭✭✭
    edited August 2016
    perhaps one or more things going on...

    - low vit d levels.

    - circadian rhythm issues.


    If you supplement with d3, I would recommend taking in the mornings. & Take around the same time every day, it may enhance your circadian rhythm (a zeitgeber).

    Ideally get a blood test to check your levels.

    & Try & get out in the Sun in the mornings, if there is any.

    or bright light (5000K+) is better than nothing.

    fake it till you make it

  • Thanks for the advice :)

  • Thomas_BPThomas_BP
    edited August 2016

    TBH i am never in a good mood when i wake up and sometimes it can get a bit heavier than usual because of recurring thoughts, past events that i seems to recall every morning, etc..then life takes over and i go on with it.

    I moved also to a new country with less sun and i have bought a Lumie bodyclock to wake up plus a desk lamp where i have breakfast


    One thing that did a big improvement for my mornings is taking 3g of Gluthatione force the evening before, no idea why but each time i do it i wake up frsh and light

  • DManDMan Master of Arts ✭✭✭

    daylight lamps and UV are awesome... have some for my room and one for me that i use 5 days a week on my body. you will feel the difference. at least that is one big thing I feel a huge difference from. 


    Another thing might be HCL because you might be low on stomach acid...

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  • Thanks guys, I am keen to explore any potential solution! 

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