Do you get this feeling: I Really Don’t Want to Get Out of Bed!
Yeah, I get that, we all have this thought when woken up by the alarm. Kids say that all the time, ask parents. But we get up. We get out of bed and we go to work.
Just the simple act of waking up can be the hardest thing to do. This is especially so when you had little sleep on the night before and have been working very hard.
It’s okay to call up your office and tell them you’re not coming to work if you feel particularly tired on a morning. Don’t tell them that you don’t want to get out of bed, just say that you’re sick, or caught some flu and will be back the next day.
This does not give you the excuse to do this all too often. It’s okay to call in sick and lie down in bed once or twice a year. But when you start doing this 2 or 3 times every week, okay, Houston, we have a problem!
The name of the problem is Dysania.
What is Dysania?
Dysania is an anxiety disorder. It is not an uncommon one although not a lot of people have heard of it. People who have Dysania find it extremely hard to get out of bed in the morning. They want to sleep on for the rest of the day.
Dysania is a type of chronic fatigue syndrome, but a lot of people who have this condition do not suffer from any sort of fatigue. They don’t feel tired or exhausted; they just don’t want to get out of bed.
This is a psychological condition, not a physical one. It can only be treated in the mind. I have been a Dysaniac in the past, and I can tell you that I felt perfectly healthy physically when I had this condition. But I also knew that something wasn’t quite right.
Dysania is an anxiety disorder, a psychological problem, which has to be treated as soon as possible. It is somewhat like PTSD and OCD. Can it be cured? What’s the best treatment for this? Let’s find out.
First, let’s look at the effects of Dysania.
Effects of Dysania
What Happens When You Have Dysania?
Well, nothing bad is really going to happen to you, except job loss or a poor attendance record at the school. However…it’s never too good to sleep for too long.
You should get 8 to 9 hours of sleep every night. But when you sleep for 16 to 17 hours or more, as those with Dysania tend to do, then there could be certain consequences, none of them pretty.
#1: You will pick up weight.
Did you know that there is a link between too much sleep and obesity? Those who sleep for too long, struggle to keep their weight under control and tend to become obese. Why?
It could be that the longer you sleep, the less time you have for exercise. You will move around less and you feel like your weight loss goals have stalled a bit. Women are prone to this more than men because of their biology.
#2: You will find it hard to focus on work or study.
Your brain feels fuzzy when you have slept for too long. You can barely concentrate and your mind is always somewhere else. When you have Dysania, it can hamper your thinking process. It makes you less alert, less sharp and unable to concentrate for too long. When in this state, you can barely focus on a book for 10 minutes before wandering off to YouTube or Twitter.
Depression is dangerous. There is a reason it is referred to as a silent killer. I have discussed the link between depression and Dysania in this article. One question on your mind is what comes first?
Does one get depressed because of staying in the bed for too long or does depression make you unable to wake up in the morning? It’s almost like a chicken and egg scenario.
But it has been my experience that Dysania often leads to depression because it impacts your work and relationships. Imagine failing to get up in the morning, not going to the office, missing out on an interview – that won’t do you any good and could lead to depression later.
Diabetes is a disease one associates with lack of activity and Dysania is strongly linked to a sedentary lifestyle. When you’re in bed for too long, you suffer from a serious inactivity. This pushes up your blood sugar levels. High blood glucose is never good and can lead to type 2 diabetes.
The best medication for Dysania is Serotonin, the happy hormone. Most psychiatrists prescribe Serotonin supplements as a treatment for this condition. Serotonin makes you feel fresh, happy and satisfied and makes you feel a lot better about yourself and your circumstances.
Also important: Change your lifestyle. Adopt a more healthy approach to life. Start exercising, go for an early morning run every day, have a good, healthy breakfast, avoid drinking too much coffee, practice Yoga, and meditation.
Finally, stop procrastinating. When it’s time to wake up, wake up. Stop hitting the snooze button. That’s the way to get over Dysania.