• A state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.

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Example Sentences

“I blame my tardiness on the dysania that hits me every winter.”

“When I learned the word ‘dysania,’ my struggle to get out of bed in the morning seemed a bit more relatable.”

“The dysania hits a bit harder when my dogs are snuggled in bed with me.”

Word Origin

Greek, 1950s

Why this word?

Dysania, in its most extreme state, is a disorder connected to depression or other medical conditions such as anemia, sleep apnea, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Yet the wider definition of “dysania” covers the far more universal human experience of struggling to find the motivation to leave bed. The idiom referring to “getting up on the wrong side of the bed” implies crankiness that could last all day. Shakespeare coined the term “slugabed” in “Romeo and Juliet” when the Nurse cried, “Why, lamb! why, lady! fie, you slug-a-bed!””The Bard’s inspiration came from a surname that was applied to notoriously lazy folk: Sluggard. Of course, sufferers of dysania don’t always fall into the lazy category, but avoiding the snooze button makes the rest of the day a little easier to tackle.

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