Sometimes you just need a scream – like after a brutal breakup or when your favorite show gets disappointing. After you've finally released the waterworks, you'll probably feel relieved and even a little tired.
It may not be as physically exhausting as about leg day, but crying is pretty exhausting, says Lauren Bylsma, PhD and a professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.
"Crying is hard on the body," she explains Men's Health . "It costs a lot of energy and takes over the entire body."
That's because crying involves so much more than just tears, says Jeffrey Cohen, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at Columbia University.
You may not notice it at the moment, but in general, your heart rate is rising and your breathing is slowing down, he explains.
In addition, crying releases stress-related hormones as the act helps our body resolve emotional trauma.
"That could be soothing, which in turn leads to a feeling of fatigue," he says. [1
Your fatigue probably depends on how violently you cried, explains Bylsma. More crying can lead to hyperventilation, which can reduce your brain's oxygen levels. That would make you sleepier too, she says.
There is not much research into the burden of crying on your body, especially in men, Bylsma explains.
"I think in the past it was harder for men to cry because it was not considered very male," she says.