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Posted 13 August 2010 - 08:54 PM
I too drive, but don't feel comfortable driving for more than one hour during the day (and only on a rare occasion). I do NOT drive at night unless I absolutely have to do it. And, I only do it for short (10 miles or less) trips. I think sleepy.erin is right it is case by case often. Knowing our own limits is vital. Also, though, someone this weekend raised the point that some of us when we are too tired to drive likely lack the executive decision making skills to stop at that point.
--- i have many days when my driving is not affected and i am not drowsy while driving but if necessary, i pull over to a parking lot, stop the car, and take a short refresher nap.
Posted 14 August 2010 - 08:00 PM
Hello to all my fellow sleepyheads! How nice to find this website! I am learning quite a bit so far.
So far, I can relate very well to this quote below:
And I can relate very well to this one too:
Yes, I do drive - I must. I could not imagine not driving - I need to go to work and I live in the suburbs. However, I need to limit freeway driving and night driving - Either one will have me out like a light in about 20 minutes.
My ethical dilemma: I have not gone for the sleep test or even mentioned N to my primary Dr. or to any Dr. I simply do not want the diagnosis on my record anywhere. I am too afraid that in the event I am involved in an any type accident, even if I was not at fault (as a previous poster told us), that it can come back to haunt me. I am also afraid of potential insurance problems. Based on everything I had been reading over the years, and all I read on this forum in the past week since finding it, it is no doubt I have N, as do/did a couple of fellow female family members (RIP Aunt T.) I am very against taking any meds unless absolutely necessary, and so far I don't think it is.
The main drawback for me is an inability to comfortably get myself to evening events, such as the rock concerts I so love, many of which are 1+hours from home. This is what hurts most. Sometimes I go anyway and stop the car a few times along the highway coming home. Sometimes the cops stop me because I am weaving and they think I have been drinking (No!).
So that's me - middle aged female who has suffered mostly mild symptoms of N for at least 25 years. But lately it's getting a little worse, that's why I started looking around for some help/advice/others like me.
Thanks to all who post here.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 11:55 PM
Like many here I feel it comes down to a careful look at ones self. I do drive and I have a perfect driving record because I am very aware of my limitations and very careful. Recently however I made the choice to drive much less and I now restrict myself to short trips, drive only in my alert hours and do not drive at night (if possible). I only drive now because my N does not induce immediate sleep or severe cataplexy, mine induces strong sleep urge and fatigue cataplexy (anger induced). Should it get worse I understand the next step is driving will need to go. Although I would be mad at myself if I pushed myself to the point I had an accident which involved damage or hurting myself, I could not live with the thought I might hurt or kill someone else.
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 02:59 PM
I drive. I know when I can't or shouldn't, then I don't. It annoys my husband some days, when I refuse to drive. I don't care, I know it's not safe.
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 11:40 PM
I've been driving 2.5 hours each way to my boyfriend's house pretty much every weekend for the last 10 years. When my doc asked me if I ever have trouble staying awake when driving I said, "No!" Then I actually paid attention during one of my trips and realized that I have a whole host of coping mechanisms that I don't even notice anymore. I used to have a cigarette or two during the drive, though I almost never smoke now. But I always either start the trip with a large tea or coffee or get one about 45 min. into the trip. I often have something to eat on the way. I scan the radio and sing along at the top of my lungs. Sometimes I put the window down for a blast of cold air. And I try to drive at times of the day when I know I'm more alert, which for me is later in the afternoon or late in the evening (which is a great way to avoid traffic, too.)