Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Dysania

Dysania—finding it difficult to get out of bed.

I recently learned that there is a word for not being able to get out of bed—Dysania.

I know so many people who have this issue. Is it depression? Is it laziness? Is it something that we, living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, are prone to?

Dysania and Clinomania are used interchangeably. Clin is the Latin root for “bed” and mania, as you may know, means “madness”. So, is clinomania (dysania) the desire to stay in bed to the point of madness?

Dysania and Depression May Be Co-related

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may cause people to oversleep and avoid life’s challenges, but dysania is like an addiction pulling the person back into bed regardless of the consequences. It is not thought to be a related disorder to CFS, although depression and dysania might be co-related.

Dysania and depression are mutually exclusive in the sense that a person can suffer from both at the same time.

Studies show that sufferers of dysania are not always depressed but a person who is depressed often suffers from dysania. Dysania is more than being over-tired and people who think they may be sufferers should seek help from a medical professional.

Many Sleep Abnormalities with CFS

Charles Lapp, M.D., who runs the Hunter-Hopkins Center, an FM/CFS research and treatment facility in Charlotte, NC says, “There is no sleep disturbance that is characteristic of defining FM or CFS. Yet almost every patient has problems with sleep that aren’t supported by research, but not because they aren’t real. We just don’t have the right tests to pick them up.

There are many clinical sleep abnormalities that I have gleaned from my patients by talking to them since 1983. Patients often have more than one sleep problem and each one needs to be addressed. One of them being Dysania.” (The Fibromyalgia Network Newsletter; July)

Treatment can range from the chemical (serotonin) to the physical, which includes exercise, diet and to the psychological. It may help to speak to a psychologist for more awareness.

Phenylethylamine – the love molecule

PEA or phenylethylamine is believed to function as a neuromodulator or neurotransmitter and is a colorless liquid found in many foods, especially in chocolate. It has been suggested that phenylethylamine from chocolate, and especially in afa blue-green algae, can have psychoactive effects

People who use blue-green algae notice that their mood becomes balanced and their attention and focus are increased. PEA is part of the food itself and naturally occurs in combination with numerous co-factors and micronutrients.

The Love Molecule PEA as an Anti-Depressant

Researchers at Rush University and the Center for Creative Development in Chicago conducted a study demonstrating PEA’s anti-depressant effects. It has been shown to relieve depression in 60% of depressed patients.

It has been proposed that PEA deficit may be the cause of a common form of depressive illness. Fourteen patients with major depressive episodes that responded to PEA treatment (10-60 mg orally per day) were re-examined 20 to 50 weeks later. The antidepressant response had been maintained in 12 patients. Effective dosage did not change with time.

There were no apparent side effects. PEA produces sustained relief of depression in a significant number of patients, including some unresponsive to the standard treatments.

Dr. Gabriel Cousens, Director of Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center says, “I’ve had people who’ve been depressed for years and years, and literally, within a few days after receiving AFA their depression lifts. A wonderful and unique blend for peak performance of body, mind, and spirit that should be included in any detoxification and rejuvenation program. I take it myself daily.”

I would love to hear from you!

You can email me at with any questions or just to say “hello”, I would love to speak with you.  If you read my story, you will see why I am passionate about spreading the word about the afa blue-green algae and it’s many wonder-full benefits!

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***(Sabelli H; Fink P; Fawcett J; Tom C. Sustained antidepressant effect of PEA replacement. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci, 1996 Spr, 8:2, 16871)

 In the book Natural Remedies for Depression by Donald Brown, N.D., AlanR. Gaby, M.D., and Ronald Reichert, N.D., the L form of phenylalanine is discussed.





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