Is Clinomania a Psychological Disorder?

Sleep disturbances and psychiatry are closely related to each other. Though Clinomania is not sleep disorder but it carries some symptomatic similarities with some sleep disorders. Clinomania is considered under the group of anxiety disorder which is characterized by excessive desire to be in the bed. The term Clinomania is derived from a Greek word ‘clino’ which means bed and ‘mania’ which refers to madness or obsession. Thus Clinomania is basically being obsessed with bed and related things like blanket, pillow etc.

Why is Clinomania a psychological disorder? Every one of us have desire to take some extra sleep and rest. The pleasure of being in the bed, its comfort ability, warmth and coziness also attract us towards it. We also have ‘MY’ feelings towards bedroom, bed and other related things then why Clinomania is a disorder? People with Clinomania experience these feelings with inappropriately and excessively high intensity. They tend to highly priorities their desire to be in bed. Hence Clinomania is characterized by excessive and intense urge to be in bed. This desire have significant adverse effect on sufferer’s personal, social and occupational life and it also creates distress and disturbances in day to day life functioning.

How is Clinomania an anxiety disorder? Anxiety is a negative mood state characterized by bodily symptoms of physical tension, sense of unease and excessive worry. In one of a kind of anxiety disorder sufferer tend to experience intrusive, and mostly nonsensical images, thoughts, urges and desires which creates a state of tension and he tries to resist and eliminate these desires and thoughts. Clinomaniacs also suffer from intense desire to be in the bed, they find it difficult to leave their bed space and if they leave they tend to experience a sense of unease and tension. This tension and anxiety is reduced only when their desire is fulfilled. Clinomaniacs fail to resist their desires and urges and find themselves helpless.

Clinomania and other psychological disorder: There is a strong relation between Clinomania and other psychopathological disorders. For example people who are depressed, lack in motivation and tend to spend more time in their bed and avoid all other activities and responsibilities. Furthermore anxious people tend to consider bed as a tool or a way to escape from anxiety provoking situation or object. Sleep disorder like insomnia can also cause a person to suffer from Clinomania. In such conditions where Clinomania is related preexisting psychological disorders, Clinomania will not be considered as a primary disorder. Thus to diagnose clinomania as a primary disorder it is necessary to rule out other possible diagnosis of other psychological disorders.

Several factors contributes to the development of clinomania for example unhealthy diet, depression, lack of motivation, unhealthy coping mechanism etc. Following active and healthy lifestyle and diet, exercise, positive thinking, meditation, reduced alcohol consumption, physical activities and sleep routine eliminate the symptoms of clinomania to some extent, people with severe clinomania need to take professional help, drug therapy and psychology based treatment.