Why Does Crying Make You Tired?


Why does crying make you tired? This may be a question you have in mind after a crying bout that rendered you weary and tired. Indeed, why is this so? Before I answer this question, let me first present basic facts that you should know to understand the answer more clearly.

Why Do People Cry?

Crying is a manifestation of sorrow and misery. When you think that you’re wallowing in misery and sorrow, this stimulus is fed to your brain. The brain will then recognize the stimulus and acknowledge it. Once this is accepted as a fact by your brain, it would activate the stress hormones that would trigger your tear glands to produce tears. That’s when you start crying.

Aside from activating your tear glands, the brain will also activate the emergency hormones (catecholamine) that would cause a series of physiological reactions in your body. These include: elevation of blood pressure, increased respiration, increased blood sugar, headache, dizziness, weakness or tiredness and nausea or vomiting.

Hence, it’s your thoughts that are responsible for the way your brain reacts; and consequently, how your body reacts. If you ‘think’ you’re happy, even if a mishap had happened, your brain won’t be triggering your tear glands, and you wouldn’t cry. Your body would not undergo all those physiological symptoms.

But if you dwell on your sorrow and focus on it, this stimulus would trigger your brain to activate the emergency or stress hormones to respond to the perceived emergency situation in your body.

Why does Crying Make You Tired?

Now, let’s answer this question using the above mentioned facts. Crying makes you tired because of the hormones that are released in your body. These hormones make your muscle weak and you feel tired. There are other toxic chemicals released in the body when you cry that can cause tiredness as well. Furthermore, you’re emotionally drained that’s why you feel tired.

But do you know that the release and elimination of these hormones from your body when you cry could also make you feel relieved? Yes, when you cry, you get rid of some of the toxins from your body; thus, easing your stress. Studies have proven that more people feel better after crying. Observe yourself after crying, and notice that the good cry has provided you relief.

That’s why people often say: “Have a good cry and everything will be okay.” It’s because crying can proved relief and freedom from emotional stress, as well. So, there are pros and cons when you cry. Let’s learn about them.

Advantages of Crying
  • Some toxic chemicals from your body are eliminated through your tears
  • Tears can cleanse your eyes when you cry
  • Crying can provide relief from sadness and misery
  • Crying can facilitate the release of emotional stress
  • Crying can help people get over a sorrowful state
  • Crying can allow people to express their sorrow
  • Crying is a less harmful way to let go of anger
  • Crying can make you emotionally stronger, eventually
Disadvantages of Crying
  • Your eyes can get swollen
  • Your eyes can get irritated
  • You could feel weak and tired
  • You may experience headaches
  • You could experience hypertension that may persist
  • You could undergo hyperventilation that could result to acid-base disturbances
  • You may become hyperglycemic because of blood sugar elevation


Why does crying make you tired? I have answered this question in very simple terms. Crying makes you tired because of the action of the hormones activated by your brain upon receipt of your thoughts. Thus, if you want to prevent yourself from crying, you can change the way you think. If you’re an optimist, you would seldom cry. However, crying, every now and then, is beneficial for your health, as well. This is because crying helps get rid of some harmful toxins from your body. This is the reason why people are encouraged to cry when they’re in sorrow. However, don’t make a habit out of it, because too much of crying, or not crying is dangerous to your health.


Hello everyone! I’m glad to have you here. I’m a medical technologist by profession. My second love is writing. So, I’m focusing on providing content to help other people with their health problems. I hope I can be of help to you.

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