Falling asleep while driving…but not tired?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Have you had a sleep study done, where you were actually tested for sleep apnea? it doesn’t only affect snorers, and you don’t always have memories of waking up in he night from it. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Have you tried listening to audiobooks or talk radio while driving? It can help the brain stay engaged if you have issues with road hypnosis.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I get the same thing!  I have a long commute to and from work and there is one patch that I often have exactly the same symptoms as you.  I almost rear ended a car from it once!  It strangely enough usually happens when I have a good sleep rather than a bad sleep (I have to wake up early and I have allergies which sometimes keep me up so on a good night I get 8 hrs, on a bad night I get 5)  I also find them worse on a sunny day so I think it might have something to do with eye strain.

The second I get out of the car, I am fine, don’t feel tired at all.

Question: Is the part of the road you were driving on a long samey kind of road with minimal traffic lights etc?  I find it worst on roads like that.

Some things I do to avoid it is have a coffee at work right before I get in the car, have a cigarette  (bad I know) Sing along to the radio really loudly, call a friend or SO (on handsfree of course) and engage in conversation, take a different route home or stop at a servo and walk around for a little.

Good luck!

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

FI has had similar issues and he was diagnosed with hypersomnia. It basically means that his body can jump into REM sleep really quickly. Being in the car was one of his triggers for that. He also has sleep paralysis, like you. 

Id suggest a sleep test or at least a consult with a doc to make sure everything’s ok!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

MrsHalpert:  I’ve had this happen before. It’s terrifying! I find that it happens to me more often when the sun is bright, so I try to keep sunglasses with me. They help quite a bit. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Holy crap that is scary. Please see your doctor asap and honestly, if you can, stop driving until you have it figured out. You are putting your life and the lives of people around you at risk. You may have narcolepsy, which combined with sleep paralysis is a disaster waiting to happen. 

Do you ever find yourself zoning out on the lines on the road? 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Also this is gross, but I find it gives me a bit better relief than anything else, although like you said it’s all temporary until you get off the road.  I put saliva on my finger and roll it on the top and bottom of my eyes.  I know, gross, but it’s a good last resort and seems to make them alert for a minute.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hi

I’m a polysomnographer. You should speak to your doctor about this. There are far more sleep disorders possible other than sleep apnea, but you also may have lost conciousness for another reason. Do you ever have fainting or muscle weakness? 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

Go to the doctor! Definitely have a sleep study done, my first thought was narcolepsy! That’s scary! 

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Thankfully it doesn’t happen when I’m driving but if I’m a passenger, within 5 minutes of being in a car, I’m asleep even if I’m not tired.  I know cars put babies to sleep so there must be something to it.  If I feel myself getting tired when I’m driving, I’ll stop and get a drink, munch on something, etc. to keep myself occupied.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I also disagree with PP that it may be narcolepsy etc.  If this ONLY happens to you in the car than I would assume driving hypnosis or something along those lines rather than a full blown sleep disorder/narcolepsy/whatever.  

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