This is my first time posting on this network, so bare with me.
I had a very scary experience driving the other day. I kept missing my freeway exits and ended up somewhere I didn't recognize. I couldn't get my car navigation system to work (partially bc its weird but also for the same reason I couldn't keep continuity with driving itself). I finally put together what was happening--- a sleep attack, which for me is eyes open, frequent micro sleeping. I pulled into a gas station, filled up, got coffee, went pee and waited for the coffee to kick in. It did, but only just enough to get me home in 20 min and then nap. There was no warning.
This used to happen to me all the time before I was diagnosed and hasn't happened since I started drinking coffee and taking an anti depressant.
I am trying to figure out why this happened. In the mean time, I am scared to drive.
Recently, I had the flu and a ton of house guests and drank a lot of alcohol with them. I also haven't smoked cannabis for the last two weeks since I got sick, but I have consumed edibles. I could have recovered from the flu in 2 days if I had been able to get some decent rest, but I am at home with my two year old and so I do not have sick days.
This paints a bad picture of my self care. I have a lot of healthy habits that have sustained me since before diagnoses, such as Iyengar yoga, being gluten free and healthy eating. However, I recognize that I haven't been as disciplined as I must be, obviously, because this happened.
I need to figure out why it happened so I can avoid this. I was doing really well driving before this. Not perfect, but my sleepiness was manageable with coffee.
It sounds like some people avoid alcohol and certain foods because they induce drowsiness. So, I need to consider not drinking and changing my diet. I am also wondering if the sativa cannabis I was using recreationally was helping me more than I realized.
I guess I should have put this all in a new thread.