I physically can't wake up!

United States
November 12, 2009 12:14pm CST
Ok, so here is my problem. I am 27 years old, and cannot get myself out of bed. I am a school teacher, and have to be up on time. My boyfriend has to literally drag me out of bed after about a full half hour of trying to wake me up. I've tried alarms in various places like many suggest. It would be great, but I sleep right through them. Did I mention I once slept through a fire alarm in a dorm? Yea, it's pretty bad. I've gone to the doctor about it..they said "some people are just not morning people." How do I make them realize that this is not just a normal I don't want to get out of bed situation? I physically can't. I could go to bed at three o'clock in the afternoon, and still not be able to get up on time. I even have to have colleagues wake me up at hotels when we go out of town for conferences. It's ridiculous and I hate it. Any suggestions on what it may be, what to do, or if you have the same problem? I need all the help I can get with this. I'm losing my mind over this.:(
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@TheGhoti (10)
12 Nov 09
At first, I thought you may have some sort of Clinomania (an over-whelming desire to stay in bed), but it seems that you actually WANT to get up at the right time, but fall into a very deep sleep. Out of interest, do you find yourself falling asleep during the day? If so, you may have slight Kleine-Levin Syndrome, although that isn't super likely. The best bet is that you have hypersomnia. A definition from 'http://www.psychnet-uk.com': "Hypersomnia is excessive sleepiness. It is an excessively deep or prolonged major sleep period. It may be associated with difficulty in awakening. It is believed to be caused by the central nervous system and can be associated with a normal or prolonged major sleep episode. "Characteristics: -Long sleep periods. -Excessive sleepiness or excessively deep sleep. -The onset is insidious (gradually, so you are not aware of it at first). -Typically appears before age 25. -Has been present for at least 6 months."Does this sound like something you might have? If so, follow the website link above to find out more. If not...please reply to my response so I can help a little more! It's always frustrating when doctors dismiss something you know isn't normal as trivial. When you start sleeping through fire alarms, that is a danger to your health, and should be researched. I hope I helped in some way!=^_^=
• United States
12 Nov 09
I forgot to that add that...yes I'm very tired during the day. I tend to nod off if I'm doing paperwork and it's quiet.
• United States
12 Nov 09
Thanks for the comment by the way!
• China
13 Nov 09
HI, i think Learn2earn's point of view is right.Desire is the start for most of the things we accomplish,try your best to get up earlier.even you don't do anythingt.if you have the habit to get up in the morning,at last you will be used to do so.no matter what happens,keep on beginning.each time you fail,start is again.until you finish what you start out to do.
• United States
14 Nov 09
Thanks, and at this point that is all I can do. I have to get up on time due to being a teacher, so I just keep trying. You start to get discouraged after about 12 years though. Too many fails. :)
• Philippines
13 Nov 09
sorry to hear that..Have you tried using this running alarm clock? it might help you if you need dto be out of town and no one's there to wake you up. The alarm clock runs around the room and wilol only stop once you press stop or snooze. hope this helps :)
• United States
14 Nov 09
Holy cow! Are you serious? I've never heard of that! If there is such a product I would almost be willing to try it, even though I'm pretty much sure to get a black eye out of the deal. :0
@getbrowser (1715)
• China
13 Nov 09
wake up early - If you want to to wake up on time, the first thing you should do is to change a normal biological clock. According to what I know, doing some exercises per day is a necessity to build your body and keep healthy.
I used to have the similar situation with you about 3 years ago. In my eyes, you can wake up on time through some measures and efforts. It is obvious that your experience is not a normal situation, so, even if it is a fact that there are some people who are just not morning people, I think it is more like a problem of biological clock. If you want to to get up on time, the first thing you should do is to change a normal biological clock. According to what I know, doing some exercises per day is a necessity to build your body and keep healthy. Wish you success. I hope my tips will be helpful to you.
• United States
14 Nov 09
Thanks for the advice. I have tried working out in the past, and it really helps me to fall asleep a bit quicker, however, in the morning I have the same results.
@junmae (1591)
• Philippines
13 Nov 09
I think we have the same problem my friend. I also experienced it that's why I usually came to the office late i the morning because I cant easily get out of bed and until now I still have a problem like that. I am just thankful that my office is just a minute away from my house. I don't know what should I do but I guess consulting a professional is a big help.
• United States
14 Nov 09
Me too! I live about 3min from my work. Thank goodness. As far as the professional thing goes good luck. I'm getting tired of hearing that it's "normal."
@rsa101 (23565)
• Philippines
13 Nov 09
I also thought from the title that you were just too lazy to wake up in the morning but as you describe your situation I think there is really something wrong with you medically. Well I think there is someone from above that explains quite well what you are undergoing and he might be right. This is the first time i heard about your situation as many of the cases I hear is difficulty of sleeping but your is the complete opposite of them.
• United States
14 Nov 09
Thanks for the post. And you are correct there are tons of articles on not being able to sleep. :) Wish I could just flip the advice and voila!
• United States
13 Nov 09
I can't help you, but I have a similar problem. I have no scheduled sleeping arrangement since I quit my job, so I sleep randomly throughout the day. When I finally do fall asleep though, nothing seems to wake me up except for physical contact. It's like my senses completely shut off. Sounds have no effect, neither does smell. I suppose that's what if means to be a deep sleeper, and you may be the same way.
• United States
14 Nov 09
Glad to know I'm not alone. I agree with the physical contact thing. Apparently my boyfriend and I (he's the only reason I haven't lost my job) will have 30 minutes conversations/arguments while he's waking me up. None of which I ever have any memory of.
• China
13 Nov 09
hi~ my friend , i think the problem you've just met would come to most of us , i got this problem before , especially in the winter time , you know that i weather is getting colder and colder , and it's indeed feels good to stay in the bed , hahaha , but as you said , we got work or study to do .so we got to overcoming this problem . i think you could make youself busy ,and then go to bed earlier , it comes to the occasion that we could not have a qualify sleep time even we go to bed very early , and if we are very tired ,and we can easily go to sleep very fast ~! good luck to you , and happy mylotting !
• United States
14 Nov 09
Yes the winter is harder as I hate being cold. It unfortunately lasts much longer than that. Thanks for the post and the good luck wishes.
@VVroom (258)
• Romania
13 Nov 09
Well... I am not sure this will help you with anything but... you are not alone :) And I know many people with the same characteristic ( why call it a problem?) :) Anyway, fighting with it will fight you back. I accepted it and gave it a go. And I am just happy about it!
• United States
14 Nov 09
Haha! Thanks for the response...now if I could just get myself to be happy about it. ;)
• United States
12 Nov 09
Try sleeping in 90min increments instead of 8 hrs of sleep do 7.5 or instead of 7 hrs try 6 make sure you allow a 20min grace period or however long it takes you to go to sleep do meditation or yoga and focus on waking up and after a month you will have created a good habit and wont be so tired.
• United States
12 Nov 09
Where did you hear about the 90 min thing? I'm just curious as to the thought behind it. Does it have something to do with sleep cycles or something? Thanks for the post.
• United States
12 Nov 09
I am sorry you are having this problem. It has to be hard when you work and you have to get up to be at work on time. If I were you I would go to the doctor and tell them exactly what you have told us here. That it's not that you don't want to get out of the bed...it is that you physically can't get yourself up and out of the bed. My mom's ex-boyfriend had an alarm clock called a screaming meanie..maybe you need one of those. It is extremely loud when it goes off...it made my ears hurt but he was a truck driver and he used it in the truck to make him wake up on time when he had to deliver something at a certain time. I hope this problem gets better for you and that you stop having such a hard time getting up.
• United States
12 Nov 09
Haha...yes you spelled it right. I had one...no luck. I also had one that shook the bed. I would get up turn it off and go back to sleep with no memory of it ever happening. :)