Dysania is a mental disorder that you’re unable to get out of bed. And even when you manage to wake up and get going, all you want is to go back to sleep.
The alarm goes off. You blink, groan, struggle to wake but your body says no. It feels utterly impossible to haul yourself out of bed.
Everyone feels incapable of getting up from time to time, but if the overwhelming need to stay in bed isn’t going away, you might be dealing with dysania. While it’s not an official medical diagnosis, dysania can be connected to significant health conditions, so it’s important to find out what’s going on and how to restore your get-up-and-go.
Dysania isn’t the same as sleepiness, and it’s not resolved by a good night’s sleep. Medically speaking, dysania may be better known as either sleep inertia or fatigue. It’s the long-term feeling that you’re unable to get out of bed. And even when you do manage to wake up and get going, all you want is to go back to sleep.
Depression and dysania are linked. That’s because depression can cause you to have trouble sleeping, and the lack of sleep can then worsen depression symptoms. Sometimes, fatigue caused by another health condition (such as ME/CFS) can also lead to depression. Depression is a treatable condition. One of the most important things you can do is talk to a health professional about your symptoms, so you can work together to devise a treatment plan.