As we all know, some people are lazy when they wake up in the morning.

Is there any term in English expressing "laziness in mornings", maybe like "hangover without alcohol"?

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    You could describe a person who has a "hangover without alcohol" as "groggy."
    – Carolyn
    Commented Feb 16, 2013 at 1:56

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The term "morning person" can be used to describe someone who is not lazy in the morning. "Not a morning person" refers to the opposite: being lazy in the morning.

There's also the term lark and night owl, referring to people who get up early and go to bed late respectively.

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    I think the distinction for "not a morning person" is a bit more subtle. Some "not morning people" I know, myself included, aren't lazy, or even grouchy in the morning. They manage to function as their job or schedule requires, but don't feel fully awake until later; for me, that's about 10:00 a.m. (a good two hours after I arrive at my desk). Commented Feb 15, 2013 at 21:49

Although perhaps not a direct answer to the question, I'd just like to throw in the following phrase that specifically relates to feeling sluggish with perhaps a slight lazy or melancholy connotation, specifically relating to Mondays:

Don't talk to Jeff at the moment. He's got a bad case of the Monday blues

With regards to being not being alert and at your best in the mornings, as Pubby suggests

I'm not a morning person

which is quite a common expression, meaning someone who isn't at their best in the Mornings - although as Barbara points out, that's not necessarily because of laziness, it might mean someone who just really doesn't enjoy mornings.

There's also a wonderful phrase to describe the opposite, i.e. someone who is always ready to go and enthusiastic in the mornings:

I love how our interns always arrive at work bright eyed and bushy tailed

meaning that the interns are always alert and enthusiastic when they arrive at work.


The term slugabed denotes “One who indulges in lying late in bed; a sluggard”.

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    Slugabed is a pretty unusual word. I just took an informal poll and only 1 out of 9 native speakers understood the term. It's probably not the best choice for an English language learner.
    – user230
    Commented Feb 15, 2013 at 22:26
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    It is, though, a wonderful word.
    – TRiG
    Commented Feb 15, 2013 at 23:53

There's also the phrase "rolling out of bed in the morning" which specifically means that it was difficult to wake up and get out of bed, but is commonly used to describe any type of morning laziness or slow start to a morning.

It's usually used in the past tense such as "I rolled out of the bed this morning" or "I was rolling out of the bed this morning", but can also be used in future tense for situations where someone knows it will be difficult to wake up or get going such as "I'm going to be rolling out of bed tomorrow morning because I need to wake up early to prepare for a presentation".


The term Sleep Inertia describes reduced abilities immediately after waking up. However this is a somewhat technical term that may not be very widely known.

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