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I Can’t Get Up

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From Czech Republic: I never liked getting up for school, but in the last year the problem has become really severe. Given the opportunity, I can sleep over 14 hours, eventually waking sleep and with headaches (meaning so much sleep is probably not doing me any good).

When I was about 15-17 I was still be able to wake up for school at 8AM, now getting up for school at 9:15 (or even later) is a problem.

One reason of course might be that I have problems to make myself go to bed. I often, though tired, feel like there’s still something to do — which doesn’t mean I’m actually doing anything productive.

But because I wake up at approximately same time (about 14:30) no matter if I went to bed at 00:00 or 04:00 or even later the fact that I sometimes go late to sleep is not direct cause of the problem.

I’m subject to an ADHD syndrome, though I have no idea how “strong” it is. I can tell that I often stop focusing when somebody is speaking to me, but as far as I know, this didn’t happen when I was younger. I noticed that when I’m incredibly tired or under pain, the focus problems are a lot weaker.

Sometimes it happens that I wake up in the morning and I feel sort of awake — but unfortunately I often go back to sleep anyway, waking up with headache. I discovered that it’s very hard to influence my decisions in the morning.

I Can’t Get Up

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I think your self-diagnosis on not getting to sleep properly is exactly where the problem lies. I would read through this article I’ve written on getting better sleep, and get an evaluation for the ADHD. This can also be creating some of the issues.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

I Can’t Get Up

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). I Can’t Get Up. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 24, 2019, from
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