The covers are warm and cozy, and you keep hitting the snooze button, unable to leave the warmth of the bed and face the day. Does this happen every day? Chances are you may not be lazy. You might have a condition called dysania.
Dysania, which isn’t medically recognized, is the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning. It is a sleep abnormality which can last for up to 1-2 hours after waking, during which individuals report experiencing fatigue, achiness, and mental fogginess. Many times, they are unable to get out of bed.
If you think that dysania is simply the ‘I can’t get out of bed today morning’ feeling, then you might be wrong. In most cases, it is an indicator of underlying depression or chronic fatigue.
Dysania Or Just Simply Tired?
Dysaniacs are often called lazy and sometimes they don’t even know that they are suffering from a psychological or physiological problem that is inducing it. Sleep and mental health are interconnected more than most people realize. The extreme fatigue they experience could be a sign of a bigger problem.
Dysania and depression are often co-related. The lack of motivation and the drive to get up from the bed may be stemming from depression. That doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone who suffers from dysania is depressed. On the contrary, people suffering from depression are almost always dysanic.
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The energy level in the body falls considerably if you do not have enough healthy red blood cells. The low energy causes daytime sleepiness.
The high blood sugar level in the body causes fatigue which no amount of rest will relieve. People with diabetes will feel exhausted and lethargic throughout the day.
How To Manage Dysania?
Apart from treating the underlying problem, good sleeping habits will help you wake up happy and energized.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time. Following a schedule will help you to control your body clock.
- Avoid alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine close to bedtime.
- Limit the number of daytime naps you take, which makes it harder to fall asleep at night.
- Exercise daily to boost your energy
- Avoid using digital gadgets at least an hour before you go to sleep.
- Make the temperature, lighting conditions of your room as sleep-friendly as possible to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Do not falsely diagnose yourself as a dysaniac, if you are a night owl and find it difficult to get up in the morning.
Getting enough sleep is important for health but too much sleep can be bad for you. People who sleep longer than 10 hours tend to have a higher Body Mass Index (BMI). They are also at a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and death.
Not being able to wake up in the morning and function properly can have a huge impact on every aspect of life. If the inability to get up in the morning is causing you severe stress and anxiety, then you should consult a doctor at the earliest. Without proper treatment, the condition could get worse.