We all feel lazy sometimes and not wanting to do anything at all. The feeling of procrastinating our work and having rest in bed is a common behavior in many people. But sometimes people feel such a strong urge to stay in bed all day that they can’t ignore or avoid it and end up staying in bed. Psychologists have dedicated a term to this behavior called Clinomania (also called Dysania).
What is Clinomania?
Clinomania is an obsession to the profound desire of staying in bed all the time. It is a disorder which includes escaping from the harsh realities of the world, staying in the comfortable space and having rest in bed all the time. The bed and the blanket serve as a protector from the difficulties one has in their life. This term doesn’t have medical recognition but it is a chronic inability to get oneself out of the bed.
Symptoms of Clinomania / Signs that you might have Clinomania
If you are spending a lot more time in bed than your usual time, it can be a symptom of Clinomania. According to researches, bed should only be used for sleep and sex, and not any other activity that can interfere with the sleep routine. As adults should have 7-8 hours of sleep so a lot more than that can take you towards clinomania. Alongside symptoms can be extreme fatigue, drowsiness or sleepiness during unusual hours.
Clinomania can also develop along with other psychological disorders like depression and stress. Depression includes isolating oneself, feelings of loneliness, hopelessness and helplessness, lack of pleasure, weight changes fatigue and troubles in sleeping like insomnia (lack of sleep) or hypersomnia (extreme sleep). So, if a person is suffering from depression then it is possible that they might even develop clinomania if the symptom of sleeping troubles is not managed properly.
Many physical health issues which make one to stay in bed and rest can also contribute in developing clinomania overtime. No matter how much they sleep and rest it will never be enough. They always feel tired and sleepy all day long. People often stay absent from their family, social and work life as they get no fun out of it.
The most common are:
- Staying in bed as long as possible
- Facing severe difficulty while getting out of the bed
- They have mood swings
- They don’t experience fun when they have to go out
- They are called crazy, lazy or procrastinator by everyone
- They stop self-grooming
- They face sleep disorder either insomnia or hypersomnia
How to deal with Clinomania?
The main problem of Clinomania is spending excessive hours in bed and treatment should aim at this only at first.
1. Targeting the main problem/issue
If the clinomania is caused by any other psychological disorder like phobia, depression, stress, etc. then it should be managed first as it was the first presenting problem of the person. Or if the person is avoiding any social contact because of any type of fear or insecurity, bullying, abandonment or grief then proper treatment should be taken to solve the main problem. As the clinomania will be considered as one of the symptoms of that problem so the main priority should be given to the main problem to indirectly deal with clinomania.
2. Consistent sleep schedule
Make a proper schedule following strict sleep timings everyday so that clear routine can be followed. As an adult, 7-8 hours of sleep is enough to function properly and to keep physical and mental health completely fine so that must be included in that consistent sleep schedule. Also, don’t do any activity on bed besides sleep and sex so that one can sleep at the defined time as hormones will start releasing at that time only. Bedroom should be quiet, calm, relaxing and kept at comfortable temperature to help oneself sleep faster.
3. Spend some time outside
Sun is very important for one’s mental health. Simultaneously, getting proper sunlight during daytime helps one to sleep fine at night as it resets the body clock. That’s why, it is necessary to step out and get some sun exposure. And when on the daily basis, even if for some time one gets sun exposure, then the obsession of staying in bed will automatically starts reducing.
4. Develop coping skills
If someone has any problem in life, then he/she should focus on developing coping skills to deal with it better rather than staying in bed all day and avoiding the reality. One should learn how to apply problem-focused strategies and emotion-focused strategies in life to solve all the problems effectively. It will help the person face a situation and take action quickly.
5. Relaxation techniques
When a lot of things are going on in mind then we end up taking a bad decision for ourselves. To escape the difficulties, one decides to stay in bed and not do anything. Thus, to control the overwhelming feeling caused due to stressors in life, one should opt for relaxation techniques like drinking hot herbal tea, meditation, journaling, good walk, yoga, deep breathing, etc.
6. Seek therapy
Therapy is proven to be very effective for clinomania. As people having clinomania often engage in irrational and destructive thoughts, so, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) are good for treating clinomania. Psychotherapy is also done sometimes to know the reason behind why it started and then treat it.
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If you feel that you have been experiencing some signs or symptoms of clinomania, then therapy can really help to deal with it. If your spending unusual hours in bed has started to impact your physical and mental health both then it is the need of the hour to consult a mental health professional so that it can be diagnosed and treated properly. Various Psychologists/Counselors available at OnlineCounselling4U are trained, knowledgeable and experienced professionals. So, book your appointment with them today and seek help from them for your issues.
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FAQs for Clinomania
Can Stress cause Clinomania?
Yes, it can cause Clinomania. According to the researches, majority of the people who have clinomania were found to experience varied stressful situations in their life. Difficulties and responsibilities can cause a person to escape the world and just get into a small safe space which is comfortable. Bed is a comfort place for everyone and people protect themselves in bed only.
What are some consequences of clinomania?
Firstly, spending so much time on bed directly interrupts the sleep cycle which can lead to hypersomnia or many other sleep disorders. Staying in bed all day affects the body posture and physical strength. It can even cause body sores and stiffness. Muscles and bones would become weak, headaches, chest pain and even immune system can go down. As no walking and physical activity would be happening, weight can also increase and obesity would occur. And sometimes, clinomania can also lead to depression, anxiety disorders and sleep disturbances.
What are the other psychological issues that can cause clinomania afterwards?
Basically, psychological disorders which causes a person to experience feelings of loneliness and hopelessness, avoiding people and not wanting to do any work have more chances of developing clinomania also. Psychological issues like depression, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, overthinking, experience of failure or rejection, stress, grief and antisocial personality disorder can make a person to develop clinomania.
Is Clinomania a personality disorder?
Yes, it is a personality disorder. It is a profound desire to stay inactive and be in bed all day. They constantly feel lethargic, fatigue and low. The main reason it occurs is that people use bed to cope with anxiety or difficulties of life and the sadness that stress is causing to them.