Why Can't I Get Out of Bed?


There may be a number of reasons why you may not feel like you have enough energy or motivation to get out of bed in the morning. It might simply be a one-off occasion, where you reward yourself with a quiet morning and extra sleep. However, if it’s something that is causing you concern, then there are simple practices you can use to motivate and energize yourself when you wake up.

This post will outline potential reasons why it might be so hard to wake up in the morning and different methods to create a successful morning routine.

Why Is It So Hard for You to Get Out of Bed?

There are many possible causes as to why you’re struggling to get out of bed in the mornings. One of these reasons could be dysania. Dysania is not currently recognized as a medical condition by doctors.

However, if you have an increasingly hard time getting out of bed and find yourself lying there for 1-2 hours after you wake up, you might suffer from dysania. There are other conditions to look out for if you struggle to get up in the morning. These include:

  • Depression, which is a mental disorder that causes sadness, energy loss, and excessive fatigue.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome: people who suffer from this have extreme episodes of tiredness that last for a period of time.
  • Fibromyalgia, which causes pain, memory problems, mood changes, and exhaustion.
  • Sleep apnea. This is a sleep condition that affects your breathing. It can lead to low energy and sleepiness.
  • Your energy levels are affected by the lack of healthy red blood cells in your body.
  • Thyroid disorders can leave you feeling slow and sleepy.
  • Diabetes - if you have constant high blood sugar levels, you may always feel sleepy.

So, as you can see, there are a number of reasons as to why you’re struggling to get up in the morning! We want you to feel awake and energetic every day so that you can feel productive, motivated and determined all week. So, how do we do this?

Try These Tips to Get Out of Bed in the Morning

This section tends to focus more on the mental stimulation of waking up in the morning. If you find that your mood is constantly low and suffering, which makes you want to stay in bed all day, you might want to consider these tips from Medical Health America.

1. Break down any goals for the day into small and manageable steps.

This way, they’ll feel more achievable, and you know that you can accomplish them. The momentum from achieving tasks will encourage you to keep going - before you know it, you’ll have had a productive morning.

2. Be accountable to someone.

Perhaps arrange a coffee or walk first thing in the morning with a friend or family member, or if they live far away, a phone call that you take while walking alone. Having someone to hold you accountable will often motivate you to get up and go, plus it will leave you feeling less isolated.

3. Brighten up the room.

It could be hard to get up in the morning if your room is still dark from the night before. Open the blinds and let the sunshine in! Or, better yet - open the windows too and let the fresh air flood your bedroom. You’ll feel energized in no time.

4. Turn on the music.

Upbeat music can have you feeling productive and energized within minutes. Perhaps have a dance party to yourself as a way of waking up.

5. Go outside.

Being outside can help a person feel more energetic, as exposure to green space will replenish energy and reduce mental fatigue and stress. We recommend doing this as soon as you can after waking up.

It’s perfectly normal sometimes to want a lie-in or extra time in bed. However, when this becomes a daily and prolonged activity, it might be because of another issue.

If you are concerned about your mental or physical health and wellbeing, try out these steps to better your energy levels. However, if it continues, it might be time to talk to a medical professional about how you’re feeling. Remember, it always helps to talk.

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Written by Noga Sapir - Reflect Author

Noga is the founder and CEO of Reflect Innovation. Noga’s work lies in the intersection of technology and design, and how tactility can create unique experiences in the mental health space.

Reflect Innovation was conceived in 2016 when, while completing her degree in Textile Design, Noga developed Reflect, looking to invent solutions for her own struggle with anxiety.

Noga holds a BSc. in Neuroscience from Tel Aviv University and BDes. in Textile Design from Shenkar College of engineering, design, and art.

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