Why do I wake up every morning feeling worse than when I went to bed?
Most of us awaken feeling somewhat stiff and foggy-headed, but these feelings are relatively mild and short-lived. In PWCs, however, the stiffness is debilitating and the mental fogginess is pervasive and long lasting. Unlike their healthier counterparts, these symptoms typically last one to two hours, but may persist well into the day. Taking a warm shower, getting up and moving around, and a caffeinated beverage may help to disperse this phenomenon, which is called “morning dysania.” Most PWCs note a similar phenomenon after sitting still or lying down more than about 30 minutes.