What Causes Difficulty Staying Awake?
Difficulty staying awake can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'needs attention'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose difficulty staying awake, 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 staying awake" as a symptom. Here are two possibilities:
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:
eating during sleep hours
bowel movement changes
high platelet count
normal work hours
recently going through divorce
dizziness when standing up
rotten egg burps
history of low back pain
occasional bad dreams
... and more than 40 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 staying awake:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Sleep-Related Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about ability to stay up late:
Do you have difficulty staying awake after midnight?
→ Yes, always
→ Usually / I only stay up for special occasions
→ Sometimes / I'm about average / don't know
→ No, I regularly stay up into the small hours
→ Not at all, I'm a real "night person"
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate difficulty staying up late, being able to stay up late or being a "night person", The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
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