The Difficulty of Getting Out of Bed in the Morning is Called Dysania


Have you ever experienced times when your alarm goes off and all you want to do is to throw the wretched device as far away from you as possible so you can go back to sleep in peace? Do you agree with me that there are times when it can be so difficult to get out of bed in the morning?

On Monday, I always arrive late for my Psychometrics class because I have these problems. I tended to shrug off my alarm clock with the phrase “just 5 more minutes”. And I’ve learned the hard way that those extra 5 minutes are costly, because it could have been 5 minutes spent reviewing my notes for my major.

I know I’m not the only one with this kind of problem, but it’s not really as bad as it sounds. There is actually a psychological disorder that is associated with the difficulty to get out of bed.

It’s actually a type of anxiety disorder called Clinomania, or Dysania as it is more commonly known. Clinomania, from the Greek clino which means bed and mania meaning addiction, is literally an addiction to bed. It causes sufferers to find it extremely difficult to get out of bed in the morning. They have an overwhelming need to be in bed regardless of their responsibilities in the outside world. They wake readily enough; however, they find the task of rising from bed extremely difficult. This can manifest in spending fays at a time in bed, potentially causing serious personal and health problems.

This condition is commonly linked to Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other anxiety disorders. These types of disorders cause people to oversleep and avoid life’s daily challenges. However Dysaniacs feel the addiction pull them into bed regardless of the reason of consequence.

Treatment can range from the chemical, the physical, and the psychological. Dysania is a rare though legitimate condition and a person who may think they suffer from this is recommended to go see a professional immediately.



Factual Facts. (2013, February 18). ‘Dysania’ is the state of finding it hard getting up out of bed in the morning. Retrieved from

What is clinomania or dysania? How is it related to depression? (2013, July 13). Retrieved from

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  1. A pastor in old Pennsylvania
    Tells a story that’s certain to painya.
    Attendance was down
    And the reason, he found,
    Was a sudden outbreak of dysania.
    –Ernie Williams, June 25, 2017

  2. Seems Crappy and sloppy to lump in CFS with this. CFS is a debilitating physical condition and nothing about anxiety of leaving bed or facing life’s issues as you state. In clinical depression where people can be incapacitated I think, I don’t think it’s psychological either but CFS has very little overlap with clinical depression and much more similarity with MS or end of life where people tend to be weak and physically incapacitated etc.

    Poor unrefreshing sleep is a recognised symptom of CFS , a core symptom of the IOM ME/CFS /SEID criteria I believe, so obviously mornings are going to be tough , our bodies don’t restore over night and both day and night brain waves seem abnormal. Also people with advanced forms of the disease are unable to leave our beds due to orthostatic Intolerance and general weakness akin to that seen in end of life. Current research is looking at disturbance of mitochondrial energy function in ME/CFS and T cell abnormalities, possibly similar to ms or cancer . Hopefully the days of Health professionals inappropriately casually lumping CFS In with mood disorders is nearing an end.


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