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#1 doinmdarndest

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 01:30 PM

when i feel sleep coming on behind the wheel i slap my own face about 5-10 times;hard and fast as im capable to.

IT WORKS! but only for a couple of minutes. then i do it again.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 01:44 PM

when i feel sleep coming on behind the wheel i slap my own face about 5-10 times;hard and fast as im capable to.

IT WORKS! but only for a couple of minutes. then i do it again.

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I find that works if I'm not too far gone.
I sometimes hold ice on my eyelids. One side at a time, obviously.

(Not a diagnosed PWN though.)

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 09:43 PM

I too have found that slapping myself is the only good way of putting it off (without leaving permanent damage). I have to count between slaps to make sure though usually one to ten works great. It helps alot if you hit the nose and area over the eyes, not just the side of the face.

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 07:00 PM

I too have found that slapping myself is the only good way of putting it off (without leaving permanent damage). I have to count between slaps to make sure though usually one to ten works great. It helps alot if you hit the nose and area over the eyes, not just the side of the face.



Why don't you pull off the road and take a nap? Why put yourself and everyone else jeopardy?

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 08:46 PM

Why don't you pull off the road and take a nap? Why put yourself and everyone else jeopardy?



Even if I have pulled off the road to take a nap, I could get out of my car and feel fine, start driving again, and experience the same symptoms within minutes. I don't know if someone knows how to restart your body to get rid of the cataplexy, but it drives me nuts! I have a max of 20 minutes before I start nodding off. I'm wondering if an increase in Provigil would help. I've been on amphetamine medications prior to being diagnosed with narcolepsy, and those worked well for driving (I just felt like I was on speed and it was horrible). Unfortunately my doctor says that amphetamines (adderall, dexedrine) are not meant to be used with Provigil and I am NOT stopping Provigil - my life would stop.

Slapping in the face is really countering the cataplexy - I also try changing my environment by putting down the windows and feeling the wind, putting the heat or air conditioning on, singing along to music.

Is there a guide anywhere to prevent cataplexy while driving - it sucks it sucks i hate it.

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 12:08 AM

Even if I have pulled off the road to take a nap, I could get out of my car and feel fine, start driving again, and experience the same symptoms within minutes. I don't know if someone knows how to restart your body to get rid of the cataplexy, but it drives me nuts! I have a max of 20 minutes before I start nodding off. I'm wondering if an increase in Provigil would help. I've been on amphetamine medications prior to being diagnosed with narcolepsy, and those worked well for driving (I just felt like I was on speed and it was horrible). Unfortunately my doctor says that amphetamines (adderall, dexedrine) are not meant to be used with Provigil and I am NOT stopping Provigil - my life would stop.

Slapping in the face is really countering the cataplexy - I also try changing my environment by putting down the windows and feeling the wind, putting the heat or air conditioning on, singing along to music.

Is there a guide anywhere to prevent cataplexy while driving - it sucks it sucks i hate it.



I have been driving with excessive daytime sleepiness for forty years now. I have always considered that it takes me TWICE as long to drive anywhere over 60 miles, one hour of driving to one hour of napping. If it is under 60 miles, just add 45 minutes to the "normal" drive time, sometimes a 12 min trip into town takes and hour. When I was commuting to work I would arrive an hour early and sleep in my car with TWO alarm clocks. Yes, having narcolepsy is very time and money consuming, but SAFELY driving is better than carrying the guilt of killing someone and spending a month in the hospital. Twenty five years ago I lived in SF CA, and at night could receive AM radio signals from a Utah station that played old radio drama shows from the 30s and 40s. Listening to those shows kept me engaged and awake. Maybe those shows are available on CDs. Also, I was diagnosed with ADD first, and three years later with narcolepsy. I use provigil, and occasionally I will just take a lick of an adderal tablet to keep me focused on one thing for about 30 min. Neither of my doctors have a problem with me doing this.

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 03:35 PM

Why don't you pull off the road and take a nap? Why put yourself and everyone else jeopardy?


Agreed, not only that just stop driving. This is the craziest thread I've read on this forum. Stop driving if you have sleep attacks and cataplexy! Slapping yourself or any other silly thing like that is not going to improve your performance. It is better for you and everyone else driving, biking, walking etc out there if you stopped driving at all. It sucks big time to not be able to drive, but that's reality of this disorder.