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Dysania: Why It’s Difficult to Get Out of Bed in the Morning

Not getting enough sleep can shorten people's lives / Photo by Getty Images

 

The Sleep Council’s The Great British Bedtime Report reveals that 30% of the people in the U.K. experience poor sleep. It is reported that 74% of them get fewer than seven hours of sleep and that 12% only sleep for less than five hours. Matthew Walker, a leading sleep scientist, states that there is a “global sleep loss epidemic” and that not being able to get enough sleep is shortening people’s lives.

Leaving the bed to get up and start one’s morning can be hard for most people. A lot of people would associate waking up with being frustrating, exhausting and with wishing for more time to sleep, yet they still get up. For others, they may not only find it difficult, they physically find it impossible to get out of bed due to the anxiety it causes. When the hesitation of getting out of bed is no longer just a sign of laziness, it means that the person is suffering from Dysania.

Dysania is the chronic inability to get out of bed. It is also known as Clinomania which, according to Psych2Go is derived from the two Greek terms “clino” meaning “bed” and “mania” meaning “addiction”.

Signs that Someone Has Dysania/Clinomania

BBC states that Dysania is not merely feeling sleepier than one does on most days. Patients who claim to suffer from Dysania say that they can stay in bed for weeks and feel anxious at the thought of getting up. When they actually do get up, they feel compelled to return to their bed.

According to Dr. Mark Salter, who comes from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Dysania is usually not diagnosed alone, but may actually be a symptom of a major depressive disorder. Or chronic fatigue syndrome. He adds that sleep disturbance, lethargy, and early morning waking are physical symptoms of depression.

“The lethargy combined with early morning waking sometimes manifests itself as the inability to move,” Dr. Salter explains. He then cites another example of how this influences the actions of a severely depressed individual.

He adds, “People with severe depression, for example, may not be able to raise their hand to drink a glass of water.”

Rise and Shine says that one way to determine if someone is really suffering from Dysania is to write certain words they link to waking up. They state that if they relate it to words like ‘“challenging”, “difficult”, “tiresome” or frustrating, it simply means they are like everyone else. However, if they relate it to words such as “stressful”, “debilitating” and “anxiety”, this may signify that they are affected by Dysania and that they need to consult a doctor

BelfastLive says that people who suffer from Dysania may have an overwhelming urge to remain in their beds despite all the responsibilities they have.

 

The urge to remain in bed despite having all the responsibilities indicates that one is suffering from Dysania / Photo by Getty Images

 

Ways to Overcome Dysania

Dysania may not have a cure, but there are treatment options for a person affected by this condition. Based on some of the methods mentioned by Ben Bryant, author of the article Can’t Get Out of Bed? You Might Have Dysania, here are some ways one can overcome their Dysania:

Keep track of how much sleep they get  

If they are uncertain about whether they are really suffering from Dysania, they should monitor the amount of sleep they get each day.  The recommended number of hours for adults is seven to nine hours. They must find a regular waking schedule that works for them and also be consistent with their bedtime. It is advisable for them to do something relaxing before sleeping such as doing yoga or having a relaxing bath. They may also try altering their sleep habits if they find that they need more sleep.

Use special alarm clocks and sleep apps

They can try using apps that are designed to help them wake up and also improve their sleep. For example, they can use Alarmy, an alarm app that makes a person get up by asking them to do tasks which cannot be done without them getting out of bed. Another recommended app is the Sleep Cycle app, an app built to wake up a person up when they are experiencing light sleep cycles. Using this app may aid them in reducing the exhaustion upon waking up.

Remove distractions

Mobile devices like laptops and cell phones may distract them from wanting to sleep. They should put these things away before going to bed.

Refer to NHS

They may also try to visit the NHS website to get more advice on how to solve sleep problems. Some of their suggestions include reading, writing and exercising.

Seek medical assistance

Doctors can help individuals affected by Dysania by giving them strategies to sleep better, advice, and if needed, they may also prescribe them some medicine. This will be based on how severe their case is. If the simple act of getting up makes them feel extremely stressed and anxious, then they need to see a general practitioner (GP).

 

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