Clinomania

December 19, 2017

     There is no way I am the only one who looks forward to lying in bed and spending at least one hour doing nothing after school. For the past four years, it has been a struggle to get myself out of bed at 6:30 every morning, and every day I find myself looking forward to going right back to where my day started. Call it senioritis, or maybe even sleep deprivation, but thanks to the Oxford English Dictionary, I have managed to self-diagnose my condition as clinomania, also known as having an obsessive desire to lie down. After hearing day after day friends of mine talking about how badly they just want to go back to bed at the beginning of school days, it got me thinking about how there may be an inner clinomaniac in each student at Lincoln High School.

    Derived from the greek word “clino”, meaning bed, clinomania is a psychological disorder that is associated with chronic fatigue and depression. After a bad day, people will often give you a piece of advice: “Just sleep on it, and I guarantee you’ll feel better in the morning.” A lot of times, this advice holds true. I can’t begin to tell you the number of times where after a terrible day, all I want to do is go home, sleep it off, and start fresh in the morning.

    But this method of coping with our problems is not always the best way of solving them. It all goes back to depression, where one of the most common symptoms of a depressed person is having no desire to get out of bed in the morning. Anyone who has ever struggled with this disease will tell you that when they are at their lowest points, it can feel like they have nothing to even wake up for.

    Fortunately, there is a cure. Clinomania can be treated through psychological counseling, along with serotonin supplements according to ciniomania.org. Before the inner hypochondriac in us all starts self-diagnosing ourselves though, we all need to remember that sometimes it’s okay to feel sad. And sometimes it is hard to get out of bed. But at the end of the day, going to bed is solely for that time; the end of the day. Though I did diagnose myself with clinomania, I have a feeling that, like most high schoolers, I just really like to be lazy. Because while my bed can be tempting, there are things outside of sleeping that are far more rewarding. And those truly are the things truly worth waking up for.

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