Ability To Stay Up Late

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:
  • Low HGH
  • 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 death of a loved one
high refined sugar consumption
very angry/hostile disposition
sexual abuse during childhood
recent job/career changes
lower back pain
somewhat disturbed sleep
long work hours
afternoon coffee/sugar craving
high diastolic blood pressure
heart racing/palpitations
having a CFS diagnosis
... 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:
Cause Probability Status
Low HGH 93% Confirm
Stress 68% Possible
* 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 ability to stay up late:
Do you have difficulty staying awake after midnight?
Possible responses:
→ 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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