What causes oversleeping

Clinomania: When life is overslept

Would you prefer to go to bed right now? Just snuggle under the covers, close your eyes and sink into relaxation? So it probably happens to everyone from time to time. However, anyone who has this feeling permanently struggles with clinomania.

This means the excessive need to stay in bed, sometimes even to spend the whole day there. This desire can go hand in hand with hypersomnia, i.e. a pathologically increased need for sleep.


What are the symptoms of bed addiction?

Clinomaniac people feel an obsessive need to be in the security and warmth of their own bed. Leaving it is perceived as uncomfortable to frightening, depending on the intensity of the disorder.

If hypersomnia is also present, the desire to stay in bed is accompanied by debilitating sleepiness and, in extreme cases, even unwanted falling asleep - despite enough hours of undisturbed sleep. Often an excessive need for sleep is also accompanied by lethargy.


What causes clinomania and hypersomnia?

No clear triggers for the clinomania are currently known. It stands to reason that those affected associate the world outside of bed with insecurity and exertion more than usual.

Sleep disorder

In contrast, numerous causes are known for hypersomnia. From psychological causes such as depression to genetic disorders such as Prader-Willi syndrome and hormonal disorders, various factors can lead to an excessive need for sleep.


Clinomania Therapy: Can Bed Addiction Be Overcome?

Depending on the intensity of the clinomania, it is also difficult to overcome. In the case of mild bed addiction, simple remedies such as better sleep hygiene can help. If it is already difficult to get out of bed, more intensive treatment may be necessary, for example in the form of conversation and confrontation therapy.

In order to cure a pathologically increased need for sleep, its causes must be explored. For that can medical help is necessary be. Once the reason has been found, an adapted lifestyle and, if necessary, drug therapy can lead to a more alert life.


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