Is there a word or a different phrase that describes a person as a heavy sleeper or as somebody who struggles to wake up in the morning?

I don't mean a technical phrase for a health condition, just the common "I don't want to get up yet" kind of sleeper.

EDIT: I'm new to this stack exchange so I'm not sure if it's proper to do so, but I want to explain what I intend to use this for. Perhaps it'll help in finding the word/phrase.

I'm looking to name an alarm clock application. The app is geared towards waking up heavy sleepers or people who struggle in the morning. They're not lazy and spending all day in bed. They're wanting to get up (hence why they set the alarm) maybe for work or an appointment but struggle with somnolence (awesome word) in the morning.

  • I'm open to any words that could mean this, but I am kind of leaning towards it being a person who never really woke up but turned off their alarm. It may not be by choice (choosing to be lazy), but may be because of sleepiness or general lack of awareness. Mar 12, 2014 at 18:12
  • There are slang terms like "bedbadger" or "bed hugger" also. I'm not sure how common they are though.
    – ermanen
    Mar 12, 2014 at 18:22
  • ermanen, that seems judgmental. There can be different reasons for struggling to wake up or get up in mornings.
    – Tristan r
    Mar 12, 2014 at 18:39
  • Teenager. It's now well documented that they can't get up in the morning
    – Mynamite
    Mar 12, 2014 at 22:29
  • I could deliver a couple dozen catchy phrases for your alarm clock app, but my doing so would not come cheap. (I am only partially kidding.) Being an inventive, idea-driven critter, I'll come up with a dozen decent ideas before another person who THINKS he's a hotshot idea person comes up with one. Some people in need of creative ideas think initially there's nothing to it, and then they get stuck. Rather than admitting defeat and going to a REAL idea person, they will sometimes say, dismissively, "Hey, ideas are a dime a dozen; I'll come up with one tomorrow." I say, "Maybe; maybe not!" Don Mar 13, 2014 at 2:44

4 Answers 4


Sleepyhead or Slugabed any good?

  • I was going to recommend sleepyhead myself. Good one. Mar 12, 2014 at 21:29

How about a "somnolent"? It appears to have the double advantage of being entirely original (not listed in noun form in the dictionary) and conveying the meaning well. :)

  • Related: Somnus, the Roman god of sleep.
    – Anonym
    Mar 12, 2014 at 18:25

Dysania The state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.


We call that a bed-slug in my house.

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