There tends to be two types of people in this world; morning people and not morning people. We all know someone who struggles to drag themselves away from their warm and cozy beds in the morning, and it can be incredibly frustrating if you're constantly having to yell at your child to get up and get ready for school on a daily basis.
However not wanting to get out of bed in the morning isn't always just a result of wanting to hit the snooze button a few extra times, but it can actually be a real anxiety condition known as Clinomania, or Dysania as it is more commonly known. According to Psych2go, Clinomania is literally an addiction to your bed, and we're pretty sure that a lot of you just self diagnosed yourself because who hasn't wanted to throw the alarm clock out the window in the morning and just lay in the blissful warmth of their own bed?
This psychological disorder doesn't affect how easily a person wakes up, just how easily it is for them to actually convince themselves to get up and out of their bed. Psych2Go writes that this can cause problems because those who suffer from Dysania can find themselves spending days on end in bed which not only can cause health problems but personal issues as well. Those who suffer from Dysania will also experience a constant pull to go back to bed even if they manage to leave at all.
Linked to other anxiety disorders such as Depression and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, those who suffer from Dysania are said to feel a need to stay in their bed regardless of the personal and professional responsibilities and obligations they aren't meeting.
“Dysania is a rarely used term for 'I-don’t-get-out-of-bed-in-the-morning',” Dr Mark Salter, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists told the BBC. “It is a behavior sometimes seen in those suffering from a major depressive disorder." Dysania isn't a medically recognized disorder, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist and mental health professionals do use the term occasionally.
Word of the day: DYSANIA – the state of finding it really difficult to get out of bed in the morning.— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) August 28, 2018
But just because you don't want to get out of bed in the morning doesn't mean you have Dysania. Many suggest changing your habits first to see if your trouble getting out of bed in the morning can be helped.
Try to ensure you're getting adequate sleep, try to maintain a regular bedtime and perhaps employ some relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing or yoga to ensure you're rested and calm when you head to bed. Electronic devices such as smartphones and laptops should also be limited before bed if you're trying to change your sleep habits.
Obviously if you find your inability to get out of bed in the morning more due to anxiety and depression and not so much because it's just cold outside and warm in bed, you should speak to a medical professional to ensure you are getting the help you need.