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There is a name for difficulty in getting out of bed: Dysania

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The Jakarta Post

- | Mon, November 5, 2018 | 06:03 am
There is a name for difficulty in getting out of bed: Dysania

Certain days are more difficult than others that even getting out of bed in the morning can feel like a battle. There is a name for this condition: dysania. (Shutterstock/Alena Ozerova)

Certain days are more difficult than others that even getting out of bed in the morning can feel like a battle. There is a name for this condition: dysania.

Dr. Mark Salter from the Royal College of Psychiatrists told BBC that dysania was a seldom used term to describe the difficulty of leaving the bed in the morning.

“It is a behavior sometimes seen in those suffering from a major depressive disorder,” Salter said.

Although it is not recognized as an official medical term, dysania is considered to be more serious than merely feeling extraordinarily sleepy.

While feelings of exhaustion are common in busy cosmopolitans such as Jakarta, the inability to get out of bed can last for days and is often associated with anxiety about getting up. Once the sufferer gets up, they instantly desire to return to bed.

As it is not a formally recognized condition, it is tricky to determine whether one should be diagnosed with dysania, or if that person simply needs more rest. There is however a simple litmus test that should make it easier to identify whether or not you or someone you know is a sufferer of dysania.

Furthermore, dysania, a condition that is closely associated with clinomania, which refers to the desire to not leave the bed the entire day, could also be a symptom of other conditions such as depression or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Rise and Shine notes that, to find out whether someone suffers from dysania, they can write out in detail how it feels to be tired in the morning. If words used include "stressful", "anxious", "overwhelming" or "debilitating", consulting a doctor is recommended. More serious symptoms could mean depression. In any case, getting enough sleep is important.

Read also: Sleepless in Indonesia: When sleeping disorders and mental health are intertwined

Those with jobs that require early arrival should prioritize going to bed sooner. Meanwhile, those who work in the evenings might squeeze in more hours to sleep in the morning, as most adults need between six and nine hours of sleep.

If difficulty falling asleep hinders you from getting enough sleep, try some relaxation methods, such as taking a relaxing bath or exercising with yoga stretches. Staying away from distractions, namely mobile phones and laptops, also helps you fall asleep. (acr/mut)

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