What is Dysania? And do you suffer from it?

What is Dysania? And do you suffer from it?

I definitately suffer from Dysania. I find this slightly bizarre because I’m a brilliant sleeper. Extraodinary, in fact, but it doesn’t matter how long I’ve been in bed, I always want to stay there, even on weekends.

Do you suffer from Dysania? Do you have any tips to help remedy this?

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Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.


  1. Claire Suellentrop 4 years ago

    Buy a CD/iPod alarm clock, set it to your favorite song, turn the volume up really high and station it in a room OTHER than your bedroom. That way you HAVE to get up to turn it off but don’t want to smash it because of some annoying beeping.

    This is the only way I’ve gotten out of bed for the past three months.

    • Author
      Smaggle 4 years ago

      Have to try that. Apparently there’s a good sleep app with a wrist band thing that wakes you up at the correct time during your sleep cycle. I’ll have to give that one a go. 

    • Riprogo1203 3 years ago

      there is also an alarm clock that upon starting to beep rolls away to try to get away from you

    • Amymewcat 1 year ago

      You do just end up hating your favourite song though!

    • Rebekah Philosoraptor Buswell 1 year ago

      I tried this. I put my alarm across the room on top of my dresser, and I just ended up getting up to turn it off and then angrily getting back in bed and back asleep again!
      My wake-up problems didn’t resolve until I got pregnant and the blood tests at the doc’s showed I was borderline hypothyrodic (hypothyroidism). I didn’t have any problems waking up after I went on a synthetic T3. Thyroid issues are way more common than people realize. Women are more prone to it, with 1 out of 8 having an issue. Get your levels checked, and make sure they do a full spectrum blood test, not just the one indicator test.

  2. Allie 4 years ago

    I just got dressed on the bus and had to cram a muffin in my bag because I wouldn’t get out. And then I wouldnt get out of the shower. Sigh.

    • Author
      Smaggle 4 years ago

      Bane of my morning existance. The bloody warm shower! What a time stealer. 

      • Lesleyrose 4 months ago

        OMG !!! at last after all these years there is a name for what I suffer from ….I sleep very well but always seem to sleep more than most around 11 to 12 hours at a time and cant seem to get out of bed in the mornings and I mean every morning …. it has ruined my life at times holidays are the worst breakfast and all that …If I try to force myself to get up I feel so sick all day long …. I even had to buy blackout curtains … I do not suffer from depression or SAD …I have felt guilty for years thinking that I am lazy and it is the opposite I am always on the move and I power walk 25 miles a week I don’t smoke or drink and eat very healthy … I have a job where I am my own boss and can work any hours I want I had to find a job like this as morning starts were a complete no go area for me…. I am so glad I found this site and I am no longer alone …and at last I have a diagnosis I thank you all very much I am a 56 year old woman
        thank you so much

  3. Sneauxflocke 4 years ago

    Wow.  I TOTALLY suffer from this!  As soon as the alarm sounds, it suddenly feels like the bed a softer, cozier, warmer than it’s been all night.  And then I’m late for work!  :)

  4. Judy-May 4 years ago

    Everyday! Every single day. Whether I go to bed late or early I like my bed far too much to want to leave it in the morning. Especially to a frosty cold day outside. 

    • Author
      Smaggle 4 years ago

      Winter kills me. Good bye morning exercise!

  5. Jordan Best 4 years ago

    Have a child. They don’t give you any choice.

    • Hgffh 3 years ago

      I love this coment! XD

    • Eva 2 years ago

      Love this comment!!! :)

  6. I just went through this an  hour ago! ugh…  and I’ve been the same way my whole life!   Never knew there was a  name for it.

    • Author
      Smaggle 4 years ago

      Me neither, that’s why I thought I’d post about it. Nice to know it has a name!

  7. Alina 4 years ago

    I definitely suffer from this! The only thing that helps me is having an early morning appointment/meeting – although I still have to set the alarm an extra half hour early. I want to train myself to just get out of bed – I think I’ll try that radio-in-the-next-room advice next.

    • Kunoichi00 3 years ago

      This is so true. I only get up early in the morning to pray but no matter how complete my sleep is, if I go back to sleep, I’d be in bed till 12. D; Even as a child, I couldn’t keep awake, my mum would have to dress me for school. e__e I’m trying to read the cures.

    • usman 1 year ago

      i set my alarm 2 hours before i have to wake up.then there are succession of alarms after the first one.i am usually awake all the time but couldn’t get out of the bed. sometimes when it is extremely important for me to get out of the bed,i try to fall from the bed ( i actually do fall) and it works like magic,pinching or biting yourself also works.

      • usman 1 year ago

        p/s let me know if that worked for you too,..usman_jadoon007@yahoo.com

  8. Dianne 3 years ago

    I can sleep for 15hrs and still can’t get outta bed!!
    *hate it*
    How do they determine whether you have it or not?

  9. Spanish Girl 3 years ago

    I have suffered from this my whole life too. When I was little my mum
    would wake me and dress me while still asleep. As and adult I just found
    it a real battle until I found my cure. My boyfriend came up with the
    idea that while he prepared his breakfast he would also prepared mine
    and bring it to me. I don’t know how but he comes in with breakfast and I
    eat it half asleep until I don’t know if the eating or the coffee wakes
    me up. (he’s been doing this for 9 years now and it works without fail) Some would call it the cure to dysania, I’d call it love :)

    • Marnix 2 years ago

      ^he’s a keeper :)

    • TheBigBadWolf20 11 months ago

      Agreed, it is. I’ve been suffering from Dysania since birth, but when my ex and I decided to live together, I was able to wake up 4:30am everyday to prepare stuff for her and myself. But yeah, all was history and I have it back. :))

  10. Jsmash 3 years ago

    do you guys suffer from anxienty or depression? i’ve had this for the duration of my life, and as a consequence could only be bothered to attend half of high school. (the after noon half)
    i dont feel depressed or anxious, although thats what the internet keeps telling me. just seeing if there is common traits between us

    • Vijay_9 3 years ago

      Well I suffer from the same I can’t get up in the morning. An I went to my doctor (for a unrelated topic) and he said I get anxious fast and I suffer from anxiety “/ so could be one reason.

  11. Jk 3 years ago

    Been like this my whole life … just about flunked out of college the first year with 7:30 am classes … switched to afternoon and night classes and passed with flying colors. I’ve tried everything … alarm clock far away from my bed, favorite song on a timed CD player … nothing works.

  12. Common Sense Knocking 3 years ago

    This is about as legit as “restless leg syndrome”. Conditions get made up all the time because everyone is a hypochondriac, and hypochondriacs are cash cows. You people don’t have “dysania”, your brain just needs a few minutes to wake up in the morning, and some of you are probably undisciplined. It happens to everyone. 

    • devo 2 years ago

      for some people it’s not a few minutes, it can be hours and hours, and interfere with their ability to function. If a condition interferes with your ability to take care of yourself, have/keep a job, have a social life, etc., then it is a disorder. Saying people are “undisciplined” implies that they have ANY control over the situation, and is insulting.

      • Eva 2 years ago

        Oh get over it!

    • Salvatore 2 years ago

      I understand why you would think like this if you don’t have this problem yourself. I do however think you would react differently if you knew the feeling.

      It’s not that I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning, I just feel like I can’t. Compare it with not being able to fall asleep at night, you are really trying (lying in bed, lights off, emptying your mind, counting sheep and what not) but you just can’t. I really do try to get out of bed in the morning (setting 5 different alarms with different songs, sleeping with my curtains open) but I just CAN’T!

    • Cynthia Odom 11 months ago

      Don’t think that just because you don’t have restless leg syndrome, it doesn’t exist. I only get it every once in a while but the feeling I have to, simply have to, and I mean must, move my legs is compelling. The only thing that works is drugs.

  13. henk 2 years ago

    You need to stop acting like freaking childs and realize that we all have this problem. There is no one who like it to get out of bed to go to work on a cold whintermorning.

  14. jack dawson 2 years ago

    There’s a condition for everything, how about just calling it “bed is really comfy and humans are naturally inclined to comfort and warmth.” Syndrome.

  15. devo 2 years ago

    I have this, I sleep through ANY form of alarm. If my house was burning down I would probably sleep through it. I usually end up waking up between 1 and 2 pm, which makes it incredibly difficult to have a normal job. I also crave sunlight, so being practically nocturnal is torture. Anyway, I started taking Vitamin D, Iron, and Magnesium because deficiency in any of these can cause fatigue and I figured I should cover all of my bases. I’ve found it about 50% easier to get out of bed since I’ve been taking them for a couple of weeks.

    • Limed 2 weeks ago

      My fire alarm went off at my house and I just fell back asleep. I can’t wake up to any alarm. I sleep through all of them. I have even tried switching Alarm clocks. In the morning I don’t even hear them :(

  16. ThatkidJosh 2 years ago

    Lol I never would have though this to be a real problem until I saw a post about it on ifunny. Every morning as soon as I wake up I seem to fall back asleep without noticing it and I have over 18tardies to my first class so far this year. If anyone has advice for this it would be nice

  17. Eva 2 years ago

    Stupid excuse! Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni… People make names for everything. How about some discipline? Bunch of whiners.

  18. Idontwa Ntyoutoknowmyname 2 years ago

    Bunch of pathetic whiners trying to find a disease that justifies their laziness. Get the fuck out of bed and go to work/school. It’s easy as that!

    • Patricia 7 months ago

      It is not easy as that, that is why we complain… And if you don’t understand the problem, please don’t act superior. We SUFFER dysania.

  19. holly 1 year ago

    I think dysania is a form of anxiety and or depression I’d not chronic fatigue. I have been struggling with depression thos last year and recuperating from an operation- have been cooing really well lately and despite recovering from op better than expected I then had a small bug and a few minor life issues and have now backtracked to the point of being bed bound-if I get out of bed foe something I generally cancel it_ need a constant reason to stay up e.g gym but cannot afford it whilst not working_ it’s a constant cycle_x

  20. Rosey Posey 1 year ago

    I totally suffer form this!! I can’t remember 1 day where I haven’t been late to school/work :/ on weekends I wake up at 5pm… And on weekdays I allllwwaaaaays press the snooze button it’s as I I’m married to my bed XD I’ll wait to have kids or a great boyfriend like those people who commented below, maybe that’ll help LOL

  21. Ali 1 year ago


  22. TheBigBadWolf20 11 months ago

    Cure? It’s simple, “motivation”.

  23. Robert Crowe 7 months ago

    I’ve never been late for anything, but it meant waking at 5:30 to be able to move by 6:30 and actually get out of bed by 7:30 to be in work at 8:50, where I wasn’t really awake till 11:00. And I got fantastic job reviews, so it wasn’t laziness. Now that I’m retired and can sleep as long as I want, it is still like “rising from the grave” every morning no matter how long or how little I sleep. People who think it’s just not wanting to get up because bed is comfy, don’t know what they’re talking about. It’s having your head so heavy with fog and “muck” it actually hurts. And nothing gets rid of it but time no matter how much puritanical discipline you have that allows you to fight your way out of bed no matter how little sleep you’ve had. I love this “anything I don’t suffer from doesn’t exist” attitude some idiots have.

    • melanie 4 months ago

      Thank you for this comment and thank you for this article. I really appreciate it. I had this condition all my life. And I was always an honor student, I did balet and gymnastics. Nothing helped. Even the best days of my life, waking up was dreadful. I was a flight attendant for 3 years, I traveled 26 different countries. This meant my flight can be any time of the day. 8am, 5pm, 2am. Whatever time I was scheduled I had go. I worked 14 hours a day, 6 days a week. 3 years straight. I have many thank you letters from my managers and passengers. I though after a while my body will shake off this condition. It did not.
      I worked in sales where I did 3 peoples job 6 days a week again. I got promoted dramatically, 4 times due to my hard work and discipline. Of course no one knew that I had to wake up 3 hours earlier than other people in order to make it to work.
      My wedding day was one of the most important and exciting days of my life and people literally had to drag me out of the bed.
      Sometimes I force myself to get up right away and I get either nauseous or dizzy. My heart beats like a running cheetah.
      This has nothing to do with being lazy or lack of discipline. It’s the worst feeling. It’s worst on the weekends where you don’t have the fear of being late for work or school.

  24. Peter Spering 6 months ago

    This only really struck me during the teenage years.

    For me, I think it’s an energy thing. When I was child, I had lots of energy and was up between 6-7AM every day, no matter if it were necessary or not.

  25. Leslie 6 months ago

    The naysayers here have no idea what it’s like. My problem (and my mother’s) is not feeling tired enough to go to sleep at a decent hour. As I type this it is 1:10 AM and I need to be up to go to work in 4 hours. But after decades of this prblem I have discovered if I don’t get at least 5 hours of sleep, I don’t even hear my alarms that I set. My body won’t let me get less than 5 hours of sleep. It’s not laziness, it’s a true disorder that I have found no solution to. And I have researched for years for a solution that works for me, with no luck. Unfortunately my accounting job doesn’t offer second shift hours, because that seems to be the hours my body wants to have. I can’t get to sleep and because I am such a heavy sleeper I sleep right through any alarms I set. I don’t want to be like this. I was rais by hardworking, no nonsense parents. I detest laziness in all forms. So take your judgements elsewhere. You have no knowledge or understanding of this issue.

  26. Earlene 6 months ago

    I didn’t even know that this had a name or people actually suffer from this. I knew I had a problem with this for many years. I do believe it has something to do with being depressed though. I’m offend late for work/church and things I enjoy doing. I find it so hard to get out of the bed each and every morning and I wish it were that simple all the suggestions posted and I have kids. They are never ignored but thankful old enough to get what they need. If I do eventually get out the bed I’m making a mad dash back to my comfort zone. I remember being in the bed for more than 15 hours the kids were away and I was at peace. I do want help with this so any positive suggestions are welcomed.

    • Jobs low 5 months ago

      Hi I’ve the same issues as you exactly the same the kids the hours in bed the comfort zone of your bed….I really thought I was the only one who did this,I’ve tried coffee energy drinks,you name it I’ve tried it I’ve set my alarm reached over drank coffe and taken pro plus (half asleep) then fell straight back asleep hoping to wake up when they kicked in….but nothing I really want a remedy and help with this too

  27. Lise 6 months ago

    I set no les than 8 alarms all 5 mins apart.
    I just can’t get out of bed

  28. diane 5 months ago

    OMG I have been going through the same thing all my life and after reading this I suddenly realize there’s a name for this? Getting up in the morning is torture!

  29. Joslow 5 months ago

    Since school any alarm or person waking me up has become an instant enemy I have a real dislike/problem with early mornings and early to me is before 10 a.m I have to take it slow when I wake up don’t like question,talking,repeating my self and least of all appointments ,feel uncomfortable walking into new places with new people hate making face to face conversation. I could never have a job or go for an interview my body clock is so messed up I need 10-13 hours sleep could do that all the time. I have no clue what’s wrong with me,I’m 38 and can’t see this getting any better! My bed is where I live .

  30. Chana 4 months ago

    My son and I must have this syndrome. It is terrible. I try to get up and do exercise early in the morning and I envy people who wake up and can’t stay in bed. I was like that in my teens. I wish I was an early riser! Such a great time of day to enjoy.

  31. Sash 4 months ago

    I’m glad to know I’m not alone. I suffer from this, whether or not I have to wake up for anything. I have to set 5 different alarms if I want to wake up on time for work! This problem has ruined my reputation at other jobs before and has gotten me fired. Nowadays its a little better ’cause I’ve learned that I have to set multiple alarms. When I finally wake up, I have to take up to 20 minutes to get up. I didn’t even know there was a word for this…but its not as if I can say, “Sorry I’m late boss, I suffer from Dysania.” That’s the sad part. It is truly an issue and I don’t want to be like this. I have feet problems as well which make it all the more dreadful to get up…Well, let me not drag on…but good luck to everyone dealing with this..

  32. khadija 3 months ago

    plzzzzzzzzzz help me out of this dysania i m sick of it i loss my jobs because of it

  33. Dave 2 months ago

    Sex works for me…I’m ready to go after that

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