Word of the week: Clinomania

Maddy Parameswaran looks into this tired topic

13th February 2017

It’s Valentine’s day and you’ve planned a great day ahead with your partner except that your partner simply isn’t getting out of bed! This may not be your partner just being lazy but it could be clinomania. Commonly known as dysania, it is a psychological condition which describes the extreme inability for a person to wake up and get out of bed, derived from the Greek words ‘clino’ meaning bed and ‘mania’ meaning a state of abnormal obsession.

While many of us think we may be suffering from clinomania, it’s more likely linked to late nights and fatigue.

There may be no underlying reason for clinomania; however, it is frequently associated with depression, insomnia and other psychological conditions. It can reduce people’s efficiency by up to 50% which affects important aspects of daily life such as employment and relationships. It is important to identify clinomania as it can be cured by counselling, lifestyle modifications such as diet and exercise and in extreme cases, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

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