How to Beat the Sunday Blues

Here are 10 tips on how to beat that sinking feeling you get around 5pm Sunday -- also known as the point when you realize the party's over and the work week awaits (11 Photos)

Ronnie Koenig on Sep 1, 2013 at 3:14PM

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How to Beat the Sunday Blues

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Don't Sleep In

In a study by Mind, a mental health organization in England, more than 26 percent of employees said they felt dread and apprehension the day before they were due to go back to work after the weekend. “Most people don’t get into a true depression, but it’s a sense of a loss of freedom and the burden of responsibility which leads to moodiness and withdrawal,” says David M. Reiss, M.D., a psychiatrist in private practice in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

So what do most of us do to avoid this giant bummer known as Sunday? We sleep in. And what do we do when we feel bummed during the day? We take a nap.

Sleeping is as synonymous with Sunday as reading the paper and going to brunch, but it shouldn’t be. Even though it may feel good in the short term to wake up at noon it will only set you up for Sunday night insomnia -- and Monday morning exhaustion. “Getting extra rest (sleeping a bit later, taking an afternoon nap) can be restorative, but significantly disrupting your sleep-wake cycle can have negative physiological and psychological consequences such as changes in your disposition,” says Reiss. “Sleeping too much can contribute to a negative mood as much as sleep deprivation.”

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