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.
In this article, we’ll look at what we currently know about dysania, along with possible causes and treatment.
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.
Sleep inertia refers to a state of intense sleepiness that continues even after you’re up and moving. Researchers call it a transitional stage between sleep and wakefulness, during which you might not be productive or alert. When you’re experiencing sleep inertia, you feel a strong urge to go back to sleep.
Sleep inertia is common for people whose jobs require them to wake suddenly in the middle of a sleep cycle, such as healthcare workers and shift workers. It’s also common in people who have sleep deprivation or mood disorders such as depression.
Fatigue is a deep feeling of exhaustion coupled with a lack of motivation. If you’ve had a physically demanding or emotionally stressful day, a terrible night’s sleep, or a loss that’s left you grieving, you should expect some fatigue.
A certain amount of sluggishness goes with the territory. But when it continues longer than 2 weeks, consult with a health professional.
Dysania and depression
One of the most common symptoms of depression is the feeling that you just can’t get out of bed. If you’re experiencing severe depression, you may even dread the day. People with depression may have a single symptom or several, including:
- little desire to do things you once enjoyed
- headaches and body pain that isn’t explained by another condition
- deep sadness and crying
- loss of interest in sex
- a sense of emotional numbness or hopelessness
If you recognize any of these symptoms, there are treatments and resources that can improve the way you feel and function.
Dysania could be connected to several different health conditions. Here’s a quick look at illnesses that can cause fatigue, sleep inertia, or dysania.
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)
People with ME/CFS feel tired whether or not they’ve had a good night’s sleep. They can also experience “
Researchers aren’t certain what
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.
People adapt to loss in different ways. For some people, the period right after a profound loss often comes with emotional effects such as deep sadness, anger, anxiety, and guilt.
If you think you have a grief-related disorder, talk to a mental health professional. Treatment may be able to help you restore balance to your world, even if the loss is permanent.
If you have a sleep disorder, a health professional can help you determine which treatment is best to treat your symptoms. Medication, supplements such as melatonin, light therapy, and changes to your diet and physical exercise routines may help.
Integrative medicine treatments may help, too, such as:
- relaxation techniques, including meditation
Certain heart medications, and conditions like bipolar disorder, can also interfere with the healthy functioning of your thyroid. Some cancer treatments can also cause hypothyroidism.
An under-performing thyroid can usually be treated with medication that aims to replace hormones.
Many diseases that affect your heart and blood vessels can leave you feeling extreme fatigue, even first thing in the morning. If you smoke, are overweight, or have diabetes, high blood pressure, or high blood cholesterol, you may be at a
About cancer-related fatigue
If you have cancer or were treated for cancer in the last few years, your fatigue may be related to cancer treatment. Although cancer-related fatigue usually improves within a year, around
Talk to a health professional if you’re concerned about your health. You don’t need to wait until symptoms are extreme.
Because dysania can be a symptom of an underlying health condition, it’s important to talk to a health professional right away if you experience any of these symptoms:
- shortness of breath or chest pain
- severe headache, abdominal pain, back pain, or pain in your pelvis
- thoughts of harming yourself or others
To find out what’s causing your dysania, a doctor may ask you about:
- your medical history, including medications and supplements you take
- your family’s medical history
- other symptoms you’re having
- your daily sleep, exercise, and dietary habits
- stresses and recent changes in your life
Depending on your symptoms, a doctor may also ask for blood tests, urine tests, lab tests, or tests that show how well your heart is working. They may also refer you to a specialist.
Getting enough sleep is vital for your physical and mental health. In fact, health professionals rank healthy sleep right up there with regular physical exercise and a healthy diet. But too much sleep can also harm your health.
- Take regular walks in daylight to keep your circadian rhythms regular.
- Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake.
- Practice good sleep hygiene habits.
- Devise a morning routine that brings you joy and reduces stress.
- Eat healthy foods and get enough brisk exercise.
Dysania is a chronic feeling that you just cannot get out of bed in the morning. While it’s not a medical diagnosis, it can be an important clue that you may have another health condition causing extreme fatigue.
If fatigue is keeping you under the covers and interfering with healthy functioning for longer than a couple of weeks, see a health professional to find out what’s causing the problem and how to resolve it.