Thursday 4 November 2010


Dysania is, apparently, the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning. I assume that this means that you are drowsy and dreamy, rather than that you still sleep in a cot. The OED doesn't list the word, but it does appear in a medical dictionary of 1958.

This is a terrible condition, especially when combined with uhtceare, an Anglo-Saxon word that meant sorrow before dawn. It also goes rather well with hypnopompic, and myoclonic jerks. In fact, the subject seems to occupy me more than is healthy.

A nap, I think.

And why would you?

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