What is Clinomania?
For sure, nobody likes waking up early in the morning. Most people try their best to squeeze out an extra hour of sleep. That’s okay, and that’s even normal, as long as you don’t end up being late for work or school. And there’s always coffee to wake you up and get rid of the drowsiness for the rest of the day.
But there are some people – we call them clinomaniacs – who find it next to impossible to get out of the bed. It’s a serious condition where no amount of sleep is good enough. This hinders their ability to lead a normal and healthy life because all that they think of, is getting another hour of sleep, even though they have slept for 12 or 13 hours already (a healthy adult requires just 7 to 8 hours of sleep). This condition – wherein a person finds it excruciatingly difficult to get out of bed in the morning- is called as clinomania, it is also referred to as Dysania at times.
Clinomania is derived from the Greek words “clino”, which means bed and “mania”, which means addiction. Literally speaking, clinomania means “addiction to bed”. Clinomaniacs are people who suffer from this condition and they feel a strong need to be in bed, without any concern whatsoever to their responsibilities in the outside world. This can potentially lead to a host of health issues and personal problems.
Is Clinomania a Psychological Disorder?
Yes, clinomania is a psychological or mental disorder. It is an anxiety disorder and is linked to other anxiety disorders such as depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. Clinomaniacs have an intense desire to escape from their personal and professional responsibilities and simply to sleep their problems away. They just feel like sleeping regardless of the consequences.
Clinomaniacs can wake up easily enough, but they simply find it impossible to get out of bed. Dysania or clinomania is not dissimilar from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, except that neither of the two conditions are related or reciprocal in any way. For sure, most of us feel like catching up an extra hour or two of sleep when we feel particularly lazy or tired. But clinomania has nothing to do with laziness or exhaustion – it is simply a psychological disorder.
Why is it called a “Mania”? Understanding Clinomania Symptoms
Clinomania is called a “mania” because it denotes an obsession with the bed – clinomaniacs have an obsessive relationship with their bed and hate to be parted from it, even at the cost of not carrying out serious personal or professional obligations that can affect the quality of their life. A clinomaniac’s acute craving for sleep is very much a mental disorder or a psychological problem. While it is often mistaken for chronic fatigue syndrome, that is not really the case because clinomania has nothing to do with fatigue or exhaustion. It is purely an anxiety disorder. Clinomania is, however closely linked to depression. Not all clinomaniacs are affected by depression, but most people who have depression exhibit clinomania symptoms.
There are a wide variety of treatments recommended for clinomania, which range from natural methods such as exercise and diet, to injection of chemicals such as serotonin. Anyone with clinomania symptoms should get themselves evaluated by an experienced psychologist.