We all know the feeling – the cold and dark mornings are drawing in and it’s getting harder and harder to drag yourself out of bed in the morning.
No matter how much sleep you’re getting, or which of the best night creams you’re using to give yourself a healthy glow, sometimes it feels impossible making the first move and getting that cosy foot to the cold floor.
There are lots of reasons why this might be happening, and it could be a simple case of not being a morning person, but it could also be something else.
Until now, you probably won’t have heard of the following: dysania, and clinomania.
Dysania is a psychological condition, usually linked to mental health related issues like depression and anxiety, which is used to describe one’s inability to get out of bed. And we’re not just talking about the lazy, ‘can I be bothered to get up?’ feeling we get every Monday. This leaves unable to get up, sometimes for days on ends, and leaves sufferers ‘craving’ their bed.
Clinomania describes someone in a similar situation, but as well as not being able to get up, they’ll also have ‘an obsessive desire to lie down’.
As it stands, the conditions aren’t yet medically recognised, although those who have it are keen to show the world that it’s a very real illness, with very real consequences.
The Rise And Shine has a way of determining whether someone has dysania or clinomania, or whether they’re just a fan of the snooze button.
They suggest writing out the words that you associate with getting up in the morning. If those words are things like difficult, tiresome, frustrating, or challenging, you probably don’t have one of the above conditions.
However, if words like stressful, anxious, overwhelming and debilitating come to mind there’s a chance that there could be a little more to your lie-in.
If you are concerned by anything you have read in this article, please visit your GP and discuss these issues with a professional.