Some people are obsessed with cars. Others are infatuated with shoes and bags. A few are fanatical gym patrons. Meanwhile, there are those who’d rather stay in bed and sleep than do anything else.
Meet the clinomaniacs.
Clinomania is derived from a Greek term meaning “obsession with sleeping.” It is a mental disorder characterized by a constant desire to sleep or stay in bed. Clinomania is also referred to as dysania. For a person with this rare condition, the best part of the day is bedtime.
Clinomania, similar with other disorders, can have adverse effects if not managed well. Some people who have the irresistible desire to sleep all the time miss their daily obligations and neglect their family and friends. If the pull of your bedroom is too strong and is keeping you from going to work, it’s time to speak to a health practitioner.
If you manifest mild symptoms of clinomania (you just can’t resist spending a little more time with your pillow and blankets each morning), here are recommended beds for people like you who love to sleep.
Do you know that the type of sleeping paraphernalia you use is key to a healthy sleep? Dr. Steven Park, a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, says the best sleep position is
“lying on one’s back with the head slightly elevated, about 10 to 30 degrees.”
This allows optimal blood circulation to the brain and easy breathing. You may rest on a comfortable sofa bed with your upper body slightly elevated or be a little more inventive—sleep in a hammock once in a while. Medical hammocks are used to treat acid reflux, sleep apnea and insomnia.
Mind the quality of your foam
Spending too much time in bed can lead to bedsores or pressure sores. These skin injuries that can go deep into underlying tissues are developed by remaining in one sitting or sleeping position for an extended period.
Prevent bedsores by choosing a high density memory foam that can support your body well. This type of bed can help ease pressure and ensure better sleep, clinomaniac or not.
Mushy mattress topper, anyone?
Whether you love sleeping or not is beyond the issue. You need quality sleep every night. Period. The National Sleep Foundation recently issued its new recommendations for appropriate sleep ranges.
Teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 should be getting eight to 10 hours of sleep each night while adults aged 18 to 64 must be sleeping for seven to nine hours every day. People aged 65 and older should be getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
Look forward to a relaxing rest with top-notch bed items at affordable prices. If a new bed is currently beyond your budget (there’s still long months before your annual bonus), you can opt for soft mattress toppers that add an extra layer of comfort to your bed.
Choose a memory foam mattress topper that has ideal thickness that conform to your body.
Get hardcore sleepin’ on a rocking bed
Babies don’t have a monopoly of rocking beds (even if they do, they shouldn’t). A study published in the journal Current Biology found that adults who slept on rocking beds fell asleep faster and had a peaceful slumber.
This is due to an increase in sleep-related brain waves linked to rocking.
It may be a challenge to find a rocking bed for you, but you can have one customized. This innovative clinomaniac’s bed is in line with the traditional belief (which now has scientific basis) that rocking motion can stimulate sleep.
Creativity and fun are ageless. Get a theme bed that suits your personality or interests. You may go for a Disney princess-themed bed, complete with frills and soft pinks, or a bed shaped like a car as homage to your second love after sleeping.
Some people design their entire bedrooms into a library, a comic book haven and a rustic cabin in the woods. Whatever motif you choose, remember to purchase a comfortable foam mattress, pillows and blankets. These sleeping items are non-negotiable.
Create a clinomaniac’s paradise
Getting adequate sleep at night is a luxury for many of us. We live in a world where people are always in a rush to get somewhere, literally and figuratively. The lack of sleep does damage to the mind and body beyond eyebags, sluggishness and fatigue.
Chronic sleep deprivation can increase your risk to high blood pressure, stroke, heart diseases and obesity. People who have troubles falling and staying asleep have also reported high levels of anxiety and depression.
Aside from beds for clinomaniacs, there are other stuff you should consider to help you get better sleep. Instead of buying lots of pillows, you can get yourself a U-shaped pillow for your whole body. If a school or office project keeps you up all night, buy yourself a light-blocking sleep mask.
You can also use heavy curtains and dark wall paint to keep a night time atmosphere in your room. Add a comfort-enhancing humidifier in your sanctuary and you’re ensured a peaceful slumber all through the night (or day).
Clinomaniac or not, you should develop a love for sleeping. Dr. Charles Czeisler of Harvard Medical School warns that the lack of sleep “negatively impacts our mood, our ability to focus, and our ability to access higher-level cognitive functions.” He adds that sleep-deprived drivers are prone to vehicular accidents.
Be kind to yourself. Disconnect from your electronic gadgets, turn off the lights and hop on your bed early. As English poet William Blake mused, “Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.”