Have you heard of a condition called as Dynasia? Dysania is a condition that is closely related to depression. But just because you suffer from Dysania does not mean you are depressed.
What is Dysania?
Dysania is defined as“the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.” Dysania is also called as Clinomania. Clinomania is “an excessive desire to remain in bed”.
How is it like to Suffer from Dysania?
I had suffered from Dysania when I was in my mid-twenties. I remember how it was. For no apparent reason, I couldn’t get myself to get off the bed in the morning. Yes, I just couldn’t get up. I just wanted to stay in bed all day long.
I had this overwhelming desire to stay in bed. No, it’s not like I was watching TV from bed – I literally did nothing. I just wanted to lie in bed and not want to get up and go to work.
No, I wasn’t lazy either. I was good at my job and was earning a good income. But I didn’t want to wake up in the morning and leave for work.
Yes, I knew there was an important client meeting at 9:00 am. So I had to get up at 6:00 am at least. But I just couldn’t get myself to get off the bed! My job was at risk if I missed the meeting, but I couldn’t wake up.
Well, I made up an excuse later that I was sick and put off the meeting. But I did that on far too many occasions for comfort and finally was asked by my manager to leave.
It was a reckless behavior on my part and hurt me deeply. My coworkers thought that I was addicted to drugs or alcohol. How else could you explain this bizarre behavior?
My parents couldn’t understand what was wrong with me. My then girlfriend called me a loser to my face. My friends distanced themselves from me.
So as you can see, I am, or rather used to be a Dysaniac and have suffered deeply from it. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else. That is why I have started this website; which I want to be your “go to” guide on everything related to Dysania.
What Did I Do to Overcome Dysania?
It was clear to me that I was suffering from a psychiatric condition. I wondered if that had anything to do with depression. I analyzed the situation objectively and surmised that I was perfectly fine. I was happy and there really was nothing, in particular, that was troubling me. At least, I was fine before I lost my job because of sleeping on and on and on.
Then I went to a general practitioner and had a physical checkup done by them. The good doctor told me that there was absolutely nothing wrong with me physically. He asked me if I had any addictions or bad habits. I told him no.
Okay, then, try to be less lazy, he said and went on a rant about how Millennials were the lazy, useless, good for nothing generation!
Anyway, was I really lazy?
No, I was never a lazy kid. I used to help out my parents with their tasks. In college, I worked as a security guard to earn an extra income besides all the studying I did.
But something happened after I got a job and was relatively well settled. I can’t explain that even today. I found it more and more difficult to get out of bed
Was it a mental illness? Was it a sleeping disorder?
So I went to a psychiatrist – a young one, who could understand the problems of other Millennials like myself.
The psychiatrist asked me a few questions, checked my medical history and said that she suspected that I was suffering from an anxiety disorder called as Dysania.
No, it was not serious, certainly not as serious as depression. But it still had to be treated.
The Treatment for Dysania
The psychiatrist first asked me if I had a habit of snoring. Sleep apnea is a condition that makes you feel restless the whole night and leads to sleepiness when you wake up in the morning. You feel too drowsy to wake up.
That wasn’t an issue with me. I just had a general lack of enthusiasm for getting up in the morning and going to work. The psychiatrist prescribed serotonin supplements and told me to take one every night before going to bed.
Serotonin is a brain chemical that makes you feel happy and relaxed. That really helped. So I slept in a happy state of mind and woke up without any anxiety in the morning.
Also, I made it a point to wake up at 5 am every day and go on a 30-minute run immediately after that. That really helped clear up my mind and left me feeling fresh for the rest of the day.
Another important thing I did – having a healthy, wholesome breakfast and watching what I ate for the rest of the day. No processed foods, no sugar and just two cups of coffee.
My Dysania was relatively easy to cure. But I have to say that for a brief period in my life, I was very much worried about it!