Sleep is an essential biological need of human beings, but too little or too much of anything can cause significant problems in your life. The study of sleep has a long influence in abnormal psychology. For example Moral treatment, used in the 19th century encouraged patients to get adequate amount of sleep as a part of therapy for people with severe mental illness (Charland, 2008). Researchers have found that both sleep deprivation and excessive sleep have profound effects on the persons normal functioning. Many researchers have emphasised the importance of preventing people from sleeping for prolonged periods and chronic sleep deprivation. According to some studies preexisting psychological problems can create disturbing results in sleep. However the relationship between sleep disturbances and mental health is more complex. Clinomania is one of the sleep problems people face in their life.
Every individual love to be in their cozy and warm bed, and desire to catch up on a little extra sleep and we experience this desire at some or the other time in our life span. it is normal to crave for little extra sleep but excessive of this desire can be an Indication that you are suffering from Clinomania. Clinomania is clinical condition where an individual have no control over his or her desire to be in bed. People suffering from clinomania resist to stay away from their bed and seems to be obsessed with bed or sleep related objects like, pillow and blanket. This condition involves abnormal and extreme difficulty in getting out of the bed and significantly interfere with day to day functioning of a person.
Clinomania is classified under anxiety issues where victims suffer from irrelevant and uncontrollable obsession towards sleep and sleep associated objects. This obsession cause them to remain in the bed inactive for many hours, days and weeks. Clinomania is negatively correlated with persons well being and career growth. About 70% of population suffer from clinomania with severity ranging mild to severe Sleep disorders. Symptoms of clinomania includes, Excessive sleepiness, constant desire to be in bed, extreme difficulty in leaving the bed, experiencing anxiety and distress when away from the bed, recurrent thoughts about sleep and sleep related objects, reduced interest in day to day life functioning and impairment in social, occupational and other important life areas. There can be many different factors responsible for the development of this conditions like lack of motivation, unhealthy lifestyle, anxiety or depression and other sleep disorders.
Diagnosis of clinomania requires assessment of underlying cause of this disorder. It is also essential to consider other disorders that are associated with such sleep complaints, including schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety-related disorders. Hence, People with this disorder often require professional help to deal with this problem. Different therapeutic techniques may prove to be helpful for individuals to gain control over their urges. Developing healthy sleeping habits, exercising, controlled and healthy diet can help to reduce the symptoms of clinomania. Medical treatment (use of serotonin) and psychological intervention can also prove to be helpful in treatment.