Difficulty Getting Out Of Bed

What Causes Difficulty Getting Up In The Morning?

Difficulty getting up in the morning can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose difficulty getting up in the morning, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "difficulty getting up in the morning" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Hypersomnolence
  • Lack Of Sleep
  • Stress

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
reduced mental clarity
heart racing/palpitations
physical abuse during childhood
bowel movement changes
high platelet count
long-term sleep deficit
an average-stress lifestyle
regular postprandial somnolence
breast soreness during cycle
long work hours
occasional drowsiness
... and more than 50 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of difficulty getting up in the morning:
Cause Probability Status
Stress 90% Confirm
Hypersomnolence 24% Unlikely
Lack Of Sleep 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate sleeping-related problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you have trouble waking up and getting out of bed?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally / moderate
→ Often / severe - I often oversleep, ignore alarm
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate difficulty getting out of bed, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as: