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Doctor insights on: How To Stop Falling Asleep While Driving

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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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How can you stop falling asleep during class?

How can you stop falling asleep during class?

Many possibilities: First reaction is that you probably are sleep deprived so make sure you are getting no less than 7-9 hours of sleep per night. In addition, other things such as medication side effects, or possible sleep issue should be explored. See a sleep specialist and he/she should be able to narrow down the likely etiology. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can cause someone to fall asleep while driving?

What can cause someone to fall asleep while driving?

Excessive sleepiness: Excessive sleepiness, es, is something all of us can experience if we are either acutely deprived of a significant amount of sleep or more commonly chronically deprived of smaller amounts of sleep. Es can also be a part of medical disorders such as narcolepsy and parkinson's disease. Falling asleep driving is an indicator of quite severe sleepiness. You need sleep and possibly sleep testing. ...Read more

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How can I prevent myself from falling asleep while standing up?

How can I prevent myself from falling asleep while standing up?

Unusual: Sleeping in unusual positions or situations indicate the possibility of what we call sleep attacks, a symptom of narcolepsy. This can result in bodily injury. You should see a sleep specialist asap. ...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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How can I stay awake while driving, if I always fall asleep?

How can I stay awake while driving, if I always fall asleep?

Excess Sleepiness: If you are always falling asleep, then you have excessive sleepiness, you give no other information, but i would suggest the following: stop driving until this is evaluated, see a sleep specialist, and above all follow his recommendations. ...Read more

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I've been having trouble sleeping and staying asleep. What can I do or take to fall asleep and stay asleep?

Insomnia: The best treatment for insomnia is to identify the underlying cause and address it. The most common cause of difficulty falling asleep is stress or bringing your worries to bed. Difficulty staying asleep can be a symptoms of a sleep related breathing or movement disorder. I recommend against taking a medicine to put you to sleep. It is not a good long term solution. ...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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Best way to keep from falling asleep night driving?

Best way to keep from falling asleep night 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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How to relax my eyes tonight while trying to fall asleep?

How to relax my eyes tonight while trying to fall asleep?

Need more info: For general relaxation of eyes, you can try cupping your hands over your eyes, so that the warmth from your hands relaxes your eyelids. I'm not sure if you can actually fall asleep doing this, but a guided imagery cd might help you do so. ...Read more

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How can I stay awake while driving at night?

How can I stay awake while driving at night?

Rest and stimulation: First be sure you are rested and not tired. Second, keep your mind active. Listen to stimulating music or radio shows. You may also need to periodicly stop and do some physical exercise, such as streching or walking around the cat. ...Read more

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Why do I keep hearing wispers while trying to fall asleep?

Why do I keep hearing wispers while trying to fall asleep?

Impossible to say: This is a topic, like dreaming, that is not well understood and even more difficult to explain for someone that is hearing whispers. The person to talk to might be a psychologist. Maybe there is some sort of stress or an event that triggered your dream after all this time. ...Read more

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Falling asleep while driving, not tired.?

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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How often should you twitch when falling asleep?

How often should you twitch when falling asleep?

Common: Minimal, small twitching is common in the early phases as one is falling asleep. ...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 might one fall asleep fast and stay asleep?

Good sleep hygiene: 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more

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Any idea why i'm falling asleep while driving on the highway?

Any idea why i'm falling asleep while driving on the highway?

Some: Sleep deprivation, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, any type of sleep disruption. I would take it very seriously, if i were you: for your own sake and for the people around you. Find a sleep medicine specialist in your area to evaluate you and help you fix the problem. ...Read more

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How can I keep myself from falling asleep in class?

How can I keep myself from falling asleep in class?

Drowsiness: Get a better sleep at night. Try and increase your sleep time to at least 7 hours and preferably 8 hours. Coffee is a good stimulant as long as you don't drink it later in the day. ...Read more

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How can I stop 'thinking' about falling asleep?

How can I stop 'thinking' about falling asleep?

Breathing: begin a simple meditation. take slow breaths and count each one, up to 10 then down to one. every time you think about something other than breathing - redirect your thoughts back to slow breaths and counting. also, set a wake time that is the same everyday - and stick to it; then set a bed time and stick to it; if you are laying there frustrated then get up and read in a dimly lit room for 30min. ...Read more

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