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.

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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 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:
recent oily hair
regular bizarre dreams
weak appetite
being able to stay up late
much lower back pain
sugar/sweet craving
angry/hostile disposition
being indecisive
afternoon coffee/sugar craving
dark areas under eyes
regular postprandial somnolence
refined sugar consumption
... 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
Hypersomnolence 99% Confirm
Lack Of Sleep 16% Unlikely
Stress 0% 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.

In the Sleep-Related Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about difficulty getting out of bed:
Do you have a hard time waking up and getting started with your day?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No, I usually wake up refreshed and ready to go
→ Occasionally / moderate
→ Often / severe - I often oversleep, ignore alarm
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no difficulty waking up, some difficulty waking up or major difficulty waking up, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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