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What are tricks to avoid falling asleep while driving?

What are tricks to avoid falling asleep while driving?

Do not drive: Most importantly, get enough time in bed, especially the day before any long idstance driving. Avoid alcohol. Make sure you do not have sleep apnea or another sleep disorder. Use caffeine. Pull over and take naps. If you are sleepy, do not drive. ...Read more

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Best way to keep from falling asleep while driving?

Best way to keep from falling asleep while driving?

Fix the cause: Get an evaluation by a sleep specialist to find and fix the underlying cause. Short of that, opening the car window and shewing (gum, beef jerky, etc) may prove helpful in some individuals. Caffeine may help as well but it takes time: 30-50 minutes to kick in after consumption; and should not be taken close to bedtime. ...Read more

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What are some ways to help with falling asleep while driving?

What are some ways to help with falling asleep while driving?

Fix the sleepiness: The proper way to treat this is to fix the underlying problem. Get enough sleep, treat underlying sleep disorders (obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, etc.), make sure it's not a side effect of medication, etc. ...Read more

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What's the best way to keep from falling asleep while driving?

What's the best way to keep from falling asleep while driving?

Get enough sleep : Get enough sleep (about 8 hours), watch what meds you take, and make sure you don't have a sleep disorder such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea. ...Read more

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I feel like I am falling asleep while driving even though I am not tired.?

I feel like I am falling asleep while driving even though I am  not tired.?

Dangerous: Falling asleep while driving is dangerous. It increases risk of auto accidents. It is a symptoms of excessive sleepiness. The commonest causes are not getting enough time in bed, sleep apnea, depression, other sleep disorders including narcolepsy. See your doctor or a sleep medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Falling asleep while driving, not tired.?

Dangerous: Falling asleep while driving is dangerous. It increases risk of auto accidents. It is a symptoms of excessive sleepiness. The commonest causes are not getting enough time in bed, sleep apnea, depression, other sleep disorders including narcolepsy. See your doctor or a sleep medicine specialist. ...Read more

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What can cause falling asleep while driving for no reason?

What can cause falling asleep while driving for no reason?

Lots of things: Inappropriate daytime sleepiness can be seen with lots of things including:occasional insomnia, effects of prescription or otcmeds, sinus related issues, hormonal issues, lack of food, low blood sugar, etc. Sleep apnea (disturbance of sleep with episodes of low oxygen) commonly has daytime somnolence, unrefreshed awakening. See your doc. ...Read more

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How can I know the cause and remedy of falling asleep while driving?

Yes: Falling asleep while driving calls for urgent evaluation by a sleep specialist, for apparent reasons. There are different causes for daytime sleepiness: sleep apnea, narcolepsy, sleep deprivation, to name a few. The remedies depend on the underlying cause. As a general rule, sleep physicians have been more successful in keeping our patients awake during the day than keeping them asleep at night. ...Read more

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What is the cause and a remedy of falling asleep while driving?

What is the cause and a remedy of falling asleep while driving?

Needs to be fixed: This is a big deal and it needs to be fixed. No one should drive if they are falling asleep like that. Obstructive sleep apnea, insufficient sleep syndrome, shift work sleep disorder, narcolepsy, and idiopathic hypersomnia on the are all possibilities. The individual needs to see a sleep specialist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How can I prevent falling asleep while driving in the morning without caffeine?

How can I prevent falling asleep while driving in the morning without caffeine?

Help driving: I agree with the other docs here, do not drive if you're drowsy. But, it is important to find out what is causing you to be so drowsy in the morning? Do you have undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea? Are you not sleeping well at night? I applaud you for trying to avoid caffeine. Have you tried waking up earlier and allowing yourself more time to wake up in the morning b4 driving? AM Exercise? ...Read more

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