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#1 Andromeda1528

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 11:31 AM

Today I found out about a device that alerts you when you fall asleep while driving and I wanted to let you all know, in case you haven't heard about it. It is called the Doze-alert. If you are interested, you can read more about it on my blog post today. Here is the link:www.nisfornarcolepsy.com/2010/01/doze-alert-device-that-combats-drowsy.html.
I just happened to find out about this product while doing some unrelated narcolepsy research for my blog.
Has anyone tried this device or heard more about it? I think it is interesting, although I don't drive enough these days to justify investing in one (I use public transit).

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 10:37 PM

I remember hearing about this over 10 years ago. There were 2 products, one that was something like an earpiece and another that uses a system that watches your head or eyes droop and would require some serious rigging in a car's dashboard. With the first, I heard that the product was unreliable and with the second I think they had trouble with being able to produce and sell it at a price that was reasonable.

Today I found out about a device that alerts you when you fall asleep while driving and I wanted to let you all know, in case you haven't heard about it. It is called the Doze-alert. If you are interested, you can read more about it on my blog post today. Here is the link:www.nisfornarcolepsy.com/2010/01/doze-alert-device-that-combats-drowsy.html.
I just happened to find out about this product while doing some unrelated narcolepsy research for my blog.
Has anyone tried this device or heard more about it? I think it is interesting, although I don't drive enough these days to justify investing in one (I use public transit).

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#3 its_narc_iam_not_lazy

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 04:40 AM

I have not seen the device you are talking about, but when I am falling asleep there is not much that will keep me awake. I was a salective gear technition ( a truck driver lol ) for 15 years. I would have moments when if I did not pull over to sleep right then and there I would have recked. I often slept in unsafe places. Looking back I don't see how I did not have a serious accident. I do have a sug. for a staying awake device. you take a peice of fishing line tape it to your forehead loop it up over the sunvisor and put a fishhook on the other end taped to your chin. When head goes down the hook comes up LOL.



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Posted 25 September 2011 - 01:55 PM

I have not seen the device you are talking about, but when I am falling asleep there is not much that will keep me awake. I was a salective gear technition ( a truck driver lol ) for 15 years. I would have moments when if I did not pull over to sleep right then and there I would have recked. I often slept in unsafe places. Looking back I don't see how I did not have a serious accident. I do have a sug. for a staying awake device. you take a peice of fishing line tape it to your forehead loop it up over the sunvisor and put a fishhook on the other end taped to your chin. When head goes down the hook comes up LOL.



OMG that is halarious! Love it! I chew gum all the time. Chew, chew, chew. I get panicky when my pack runs out. Lol.

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 02:02 PM

OMG that is halarious! Love it! I chew gum all the time. Chew, chew, chew. I get panicky when my pack runs out. Lol.


Just stay away from the big coffee mugs with the super wide base....I used to have a heavy metal one. When I rolled my car in Nov 1997...it hit me in the head and knocked me out....

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 04:45 PM

OMG that is halarious! Love it! I chew gum all the time. Chew, chew, chew. I get panicky when my pack runs out. Lol.


Sunflower seeds and sips of water used to do wonders for me and some times I chewing Altoids.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:53 PM

Today I found out about a device that alerts you when you fall asleep while driving and I wanted to let you all know, in case you haven't heard about it. It is called the Doze-alert. If you are interested, you can read more about it on my blog post today. Here is the link:www.nisfornarcolepsy.com/2010/01/doze-alert-device-that-combats-drowsy.html.
I just happened to find out about this product while doing some unrelated narcolepsy research for my blog.
Has anyone tried this device or heard more about it? I think it is interesting, although I don't drive enough these days to justify investing in one (I use public transit).

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Back before I was diagnosed I tried using a device like this thinking it was going to be amazing because then I'd have some help staying awake. Something to keep in mind though is that it only alarms if your head nods forward or to the side. My issue came because when I doze, I don't move my head, my eyes close and that's it. I found the only thing that keeps me awake in the car if I do not have my medication or I'm having a particularly bad day is talking on the phone. Because I live in the midwest and we have snow and rain talking on the phone is not always safe, but I now have a earpiece. It's easy to put it in and if I start dosing I can call my husband or parents and talk about anything until I get where I'm going. I feel bad sometimes because I feel intrusive for calling to talk about random things, but they all understand and are happy to chat. I have restricted myself from trips over 30 minutes and I'm close to cutting out night driving altogether...

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:23 AM

Today I found out about a device that alerts you when you fall asleep while driving and I wanted to let you all know, in case you haven't heard about it. It is called the Doze-alert. If you are interested, you can read more about it on my blog post today. Here is the link:www.nisfornarcolepsy.com/2010/01/doze-alert-device-that-combats-drowsy.html.
I just happened to find out about this product while doing some unrelated narcolepsy research for my blog.
Has anyone tried this device or heard more about it? I think it is interesting, although I don't drive enough these days to justify investing in one (I use public transit).

Andromeda
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Has anyone actually used this device and does it work?

#9 Vanessa Elizebeth

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 04:39 AM

 This is the first time i came across with such an interesting device.Thanks for letting me know.

 



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 08:43 AM

I believe this is starting to become a standard option on higher end vehicles, I believe Lexus and infinity have been advertising it. Unfortunately as far as I know the alert is only a beeper which I fear would be easily ignored and it would be an automatic fault if you were involved in a collision anytime after drowsing... Anyway it uses two cameras to detect eye drooping and head bobbing as well as detecting changes in your driving ie swerving, unusual acceleration/deceleration etc.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 11:13 PM

I believe this is starting to become a standard option on higher end vehicles, I believe Lexus and infinity have been advertising it. Unfortunately as far as I know the alert is only a beeper which I fear would be easily ignored and it would be an automatic fault if you were involved in a collision anytime after drowsing... Anyway it uses two cameras to detect eye drooping and head bobbing as well as detecting changes in your driving ie swerving, unusual acceleration/deceleration etc.



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Posted 14 November 2013 - 11:32 PM

...been driving since 1967...diagnosed 1960...If you are taking one of the amphetamines, naps are 5-7 minutes. BTW...never had N related accident. I cannot stress in strong enough terms, DO NOT LET YOURSELF GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU ARE FIGHTING TO STAY AWAKE when you are behind the wheel. 54 years with N, 47 years driving with N - NO N related accidents. I am on my 4 th Harley Davidson, 5th motorcycle; drove my 1st H-D round trip Boston to Pikes Peak. I love to drive. The Public is beginning to take notice of Drowsy-Driving. Driving is a PRIVILEDGE, not a RIGHT. The Public, through various DMV's could make it very difficult for us. Don't give them an excuse - do not drive impaired by sleepiness!

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 07:57 PM



Has anyone actually used this device and does it work?



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Posted 23 November 2013 - 07:59 PM



Has anyone actually used this device and does it work?



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Posted 23 November 2013 - 08:13 PM

If you have Narcolepsy this is NOT going to work. Please do not put yourself at risk with "gimmicks" designed to sell cars. Automakers are really not concerned with whether you stay awake, fall asleep, drink, smoke, whatever...behind the wheel as long as they get "that" sale. Be safe on the road!

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 03:09 PM

Holding a burning cigarette always helped keep me awake.  I don't smoke anymore, but I often think about using that trick again if I needed it in an emergency.



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Posted 02 February 2014 - 10:43 AM

I got the chewing gum idea from reading this thread.

By golly it works, at least for me.

Most of my drives are 20-30 minutes, and if the sun hits me right, and the temp is perfect in the car...I'm going to get sleepy.

My solution is to roll down the drivers window a bit, turn up the radio, and wear that gum out! :D

I can't roll the window all the way down with the radio up, because I'm driving a company car (with logos and specialized plate).

That would be just lovely, having someone call in on me for what they thought was "having a good time on the job."



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Posted 02 February 2014 - 11:42 AM

I crank the radio too. :) However, Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata isn't gonna do it for me. Donna Summers "Hot Love" does...hell, any Rock 'n Roll does. I use my own discs too. Those radio DJ's can be too funny for me.



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Posted 02 February 2014 - 01:55 PM

I have an old XM satellite mobile system.

Moonlight Sonata...I'd be gone before Beethoven sung the chorus. :P

My tastes range from 70's and 80's rock and metal, to classic country which IMHO is prior to 1980.

I even listen to Sinatra, and the 40's channel.

The system I have works great, but it limits me on the vehicles I can drive at work, because it requires a tape player.

However, when I feel the sleep coming on, I have to pull over and walk around, no matter what's playing on the radio.

Before Nuvigil, I had to plan my driving around the naps (15-20 minutes every 2hrs).

But even with Nuvigil, I can feel my mind zone out as I'm driving.

So I'm awake, but mentally sluggish.

I plan to continue a few naps (on break, etc) to see if this will "reset" my mind for another few hours.



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 01:53 AM

Sleepiness and driving is a dangerous combination. During my nigh shift job, It was hectic for me to adjust in varying work schedules. I had to have drive my car to the workplace but, now I am used to work in nightshifts… :)  Earlier I was feeling little drowsy and sleepy while driving. This same problem was continuing till three months. One fine day, my colleague suggested me to get nap alarm device. And now I realize that this is very affordable and really helped me to awake myself while driving. I must say this device is really helpful to prevent you from falling asleep and so fatigue automobile accidents..This device is very handy, lightweight and easily fits behind the ear comfortably.  This device is really useful for those, who has ever felt drowsy, tired, fatigue while driving, especially to save your life and prevent you from hurting or killing others.