Tears on my pillow

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and there are tears running down my face.

I can’t stop them they just keep on rolling.

Have I had a bad dream I can’t remember?

No  I haven’t crying at night and insomnia are both signs of depression.

I once heard that having difficulty getting to sleep was stress related but waking up during the night was a sign of depression.

I cope regularly with these two problems. So although I have high functioning depression these two symptoms I think are side effects of coping with day to day life.

Tears can benefit and sometimes can improve your life. Tears are your body’s release valve for stress, sadness, grief, anxiety, and frustration. Don’t beat yourself up for crying it can be good for you.

Tears are made of salt water. As a protective agent they lubricate your eyes, remove irritants, reduce stress hormones and they contain antibodies that fight pathogenic microbes. Our bodies produce three kinds of tears: reflex, continuous, and emotional.  Each kind has different kind of tear has a  healing role. For example, reflex tears allow your eyes to clear out noxious particles when they’re irritated. The second kind, continuous tears, are produced regularly to keep our eyes lubricated–these contain a chemical called “lysozyme” which functions as an anti-bacterial and protects our eyes from infection. Tears also travel to the nose through the tear duct to keep the nose moist and bacteria free. After crying, our breathing and heart rate decrease, and we enter into a calmer biological and emotional state.

Biochemist and “tear expert” Dr. William Frey in a write up by the American Psychology Association discovered that reflex tears are 98% water, whereas emotional tears also contain stress hormones which get excreted from the body through crying. After studying the composition of tears, Dr. Frey found that emotional tears shed these hormones and other toxins which accumulate during times of stress. Therefore we can say that crying emotional tears have extra special health benefits.

So keep on crying your tears are good for you. Don’t see them as a sign of weakness.


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