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Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:26 pm

I can be completely awake and functioning and 5 minutes behind the wheel of my car has be nodding back and forth and fighting the urge to doze off. The other night coming home from the airport was pretty bad and I was forced to pull over for a cup of coffee before continuing on my way. Anyone else have this problem? Think the doctor would laugh at me if I gave her a visit?   
 
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:28 pm

Quoting fxramper (Thread starter):
Think the doctor would laugh at me if I gave her a visit?   

This is NOT a laughing matter. Go see her.
 
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:36 pm

Quoting fxramper (Thread starter):
Anyone else have this problem?

Yep. I have this wonderful disorder called narcolepsy which got me in all kinds trouble before I learned how to live with it. Now, knowing my limits, it's much easier. Driving, especially long distances, is still a huge problem and I avoid it as much as I can.

Quoting fxramper (Thread starter):
Think the doctor would laugh at me if I gave her a visit?

No. Is this the only sleep-related problem you have? There is this thinkg called MSLT (Multiple Sleep Latency Test) which they will most likely put you through to see your sleep patterns.
 
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:45 pm

Quoting fxramper (Thread starter):
Think the doctor would laugh at me if I gave her a visit?



No, most certainly not.

I am not one for energy drinks, but I always have a couple of cans of Red Bull in the car for just such an occasion and to keep me going until the next petrol station.
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:47 pm

No.

Seriously, go and see a doctor. You could end up killing somebody if you fall asleep (trust me, I've seen it happen and it is not pretty in the slightest).

The way I look at it is this: Go to the docs or go to prison.
 
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:11 pm

I fell asleep behind the wheel of my car just three days ago on my way back home from the airport. Fortunately all I damaged was one of the black and white plastic poles on the side of the road. Afterwards I was so full of adrenaline that I couldn´t sleep when I reached home. A night shift took quite a bit longer than planned and I didn´t sleep well during the day before.

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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:20 pm

I'll assume that the problem isn't with the car - like a leak in the exhaust system.

When the problem is with you then it's rather important to get it checked out, probably with a sleep study.

Some good information on OSA (my problem) is at:

http://www.resmed.com/us/patients_an...families/patients.html?nc=patients

Other brands probably have their own patient information - this is just the brand I have used for 12+ years.

Take some time to read about the condition and also take the test. Your doctor will probably give you the same test in order to get insurance to pay for the sleep study so don't try to lower your responses to make you look good.

In terms of talking to the doctor, telling her you are falling asleep at the wheel should be a good indicator that you need a sleep study to accurately diagnose your condition. Those sleep studies, BTW, are pretty precise in identifying you problems.

In terms of treatments, PM me and I'll go over what equipment I use for sleep apnea.
 
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:22 pm

I have a similar reaction, though I don't have a problem when I'm actually driving.

If I'm in a moving vehicle and I'm not controlling it, I immediately get very drowsy.

It comes in handy for long trips in the car or on an airplane. But, it happens on any trip longer than about 20 minutes. That means I get out of the car after a quick trip anyway feeling very tired and groggy.

The best way to keep yourself awake if you're afraid of falling asleep at the wheel, is to get very angry. Make believe that the guy in front of you just cut you off. Curse a blue streak at him - out loud. Or, simply think about something that gets your blood boiling. The urge to nod off will go away.
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:11 pm

I'l echo the above. Get a sleep study before you injure yourself.
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:15 pm

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 2):
Yep. I have this wonderful disorder called narcolepsy which got me in all kinds trouble before I learned how to live with it. Now, knowing my limits, it's much easier. Driving, especially long distances, is still a huge problem and I avoid it as much as I can.

I am sorry to hear this... can you tell us a little bit more about your disorder? some people will say that it is not related to the thread but I think it is...

like what were your symptoms, how do you deal with it? is the movie depiction of the disorder at all accurate? (this is a dumb question, but whatever).
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:17 pm

Quoting mirrodie (Reply 8):

I'l echo the above. Get a sleep study before you injure yourself.

Yes, I agree with the above posters. No doctor will think this is funny.

There is an astounding number of unreported/undiagnosed sleeping disorders out there. I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea a few months ago and I can definitely tell a quality improvement in my health as a result of CPAP therapy.

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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:19 pm

I lost my Subaru last April because I feel asleep for only 4 seconds behind the wheel. I had (and still to a small degree) have a problem with microsleeps when I drive. If you've ever driven and feel like you've lost focus for a few seconds or can't remember the last second or two, that is a microsleep and it is EXTREMELY dangerous.

You're doing the right thing by pulling over when you notice such feelings (I had never drank an energy drink in my entire life before this started happening about 3 years ago), but definitely get it looked at if it persists.
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:46 pm

Quoting fxramper (Thread starter):
Think the doctor would laugh at me if I gave her a visit?

Echoing the others, no, not at all. I fell asleep at the wheel once. Was awoken by the lane markers, luckily. Scary.

It was due to simply starting out too late for the drive, but yours seems to happen regularly, so I'd get it checked out. It may simply be something due to the frequency of time zone changes you go through in your job. There are meds out there like Provigil that help to regulate body clocks really well. I wouldn't worry about it being anything too serious yet.
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:48 pm

Thanks for all replies. I have never had serious issues with sleep in bed. It's always happening in the car.

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 5):
Afterwards I was so full of adrenaline

This is usually what happens if I blink more than a few times and have the 'jerk' reaction with the car. It gives me enough of a 'boost' to get home; usually.

Quoting mirrodie (Reply 8):
I'l echo the above. Get a sleep study before you injure yourself.

Will do.

Quoting san747 (Reply 11):
(I had never drank an energy drink in my entire life

Does 5 hr energy work?
 
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:57 pm

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 6):
'll assume that the problem isn't with the car - like a leak in the exhaust system.

When the problem is with you then it's rather important to get it checked out, probably with a sleep study.

You should still get the car looked at. One of two things is going on here:

A) Something in the car is making you fall asleep, and Ken is right that it's probably something to do with the exhaust system. Obviously, that needs to be fixed - not only is it dangerous to be lulled to sleep while driving, but breathing that stuff isn't good for your health in general. Carbon monoxide is odorless, so just because you can't smell anything doesn't mean that there isn't a problem.

B) Something is up with you that needs to be diagnosed.

I'd look at both. A leak check on the car shouldn't be too expensive.

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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:06 pm

I have the same. I often drive ~200km back to my old city to meet up with friends and when I'm already a little tired I lose focus and that's my cue to take a small break. In the past I've had a small accident concerning this (being very tired, warm outside and the sun shining in my face), so I know how dangerous it can be.

Usually I just pull over at a gas station, maybe take a quick 10 mins (it's happened..) and buy something to drink. After that I'm almost always fine again. It has happened that I had to pull over 2 or 3 times though.
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:07 pm

Quoting Mir (Reply 14):
You should still get the car looked at

I drive the BMW usually to the airport. I'll get the exhaust looked at.

Quoting Mir (Reply 14):

B) Something is up with you that needs to be diagnosed.

Made an appt. for Friday.   
 
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:09 pm

I once had this problem...

Turned out it wasnt me. Had a hole in the exhaust pipe, and when I was driving carbon monoxide (or something?) would slowly seep into the car and put me 3/4 of the way to sleep. By opening the window, I would unknowingly freshen the air and wake up slowly. Took 3 weeks to figure this out, and when I did the problem went away

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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:14 pm

Quoting fxramper (Thread starter):
Think the doctor would laugh at me if I gave her a visit?

Not at all!

Quoting fxramper (Reply 16):
Quoting Mir (Reply 14):
You should still get the car looked at

I drive the BMW usually to the airport. I'll get the exhaust looked at.

Speaking of airports, you could go to your local FBO and buy one of those DeadStop carbon monoxide detectors too. They're really cheap and can be really good evidence of an exhaust leak.

If it turns out NOT to be the car...don't you have an M3? I know of very few people lulled to sleep by a finely tuned piece of high-performance machinery...
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:27 pm

Quoting fxramper (Reply 13):
I have never had serious issues with sleep in bed. It's always happening in the car.

The problem with a lot of sleep problems is that you really don't know you have it - you're sleeping. I have OSA and the wife sure noticed - the first morning after going on pap treatment I woke feeling great and the wife told me I was going to use the cpap, or move half a mile away as she had just had her best night sleep in years.

Congrats on the appointment.

Hope you get a chance to do some reading on potential problems. Besides the link I gave above you can also Google Sleep Disorders for a long list of links.
 
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:43 pm

Quoting ogre727 (Reply 9):
like what were your symptoms, how do you deal with it? is the movie depiction of the disorder at all accurate? (this is a dumb question, but whatever)

I am not sure what "movie depiction" you are referring. My case is still quite bearable, it is annoying, limiting in certain areas but it still allows me to function relatively normally.

Symptoms? It started in late teens with excessive sleepiness. I could sleep 12 hours straight and wake up dead tired and having problems to stay awake during the day as well. Falling asleep on the bus, missing my station and ending up on other end of the city was almost a daily occurence. I had major problems finishing university as sitting over the books was a even bigger problem than it is for everyone else. I suffered from cataplexy, sleep paralysis etc. but these were only mild cases. Last 5-8 or so years the disorder went through some progression or rather change and from sleeping too much during nighttime I have now problem getting any quality sleep. No matter how tired I am I wake up at 2 am, then at 3, at 4, at 5 and so on. Therefore the periods of the deep sleep when the brain really gets rest are short and sporadic. Daytime sleepiness is still the same.

How do I deal with it? At this moment purely by adjusting my daily schedule. In the beggining I tried Ritaline and later on Provigil which was supposed to be almost a miracle cure but no miracle took in my case so I dropped it as I have only one liver. Apparently very recently they found out that in the long term Provigil has some really nasty side effects. I know my limits when it comes to driving, the doc trusts me so I was allowed to keep my driver's license, but my limit is about 100-150km and even that sometimes requires pulling over and taking a nap. Monotonous driving on highways kills me.

In the beginning I tried to hide the problem, especially at work, but it has been futile effort and sooner or later I had to spill the beans anyway because people were getting the wrong message and e.g. thought I am out all night partying and then having problems to function normally during the day. It requires help or at least understanding from your boss and collegaues, so the arrangement is when the "sleep pressure" gets too strong I simply take a 15, 20, 30 minute nap and then stay at work late to compensate the lost time. Too bad I don't live in a country where they still observe siesta as it would make my life so much easier. This usually happens twice a day, during late morning and after lunch. This also means being less flexible as to changing jobs because of concerns about getting the same level of understanding and accomodation for the problem I have now in the new job.
Family and friends are a big help and again, when the sleepiness gets too strong to cope with at parties, family lunches, reunions etc. I simply excuse myself and go "recharge batteries"

Being in mid-30s I am having a huge dilemma whether or not to have my own kids as I firmly believe that people who have genetically transmissible handicaps should not procreate. Unfortunately, narcolepsy is one of such handicaps. There is about 10% chance of this disorder being passed on to my children and I would probably hate myself for the rest of my life if that happened.
 
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:13 pm

In the mean time when driving, do you have a friend or relative you can call, who can keep you talking should you feel sleepy?

A friend once thought she could beat sleep. After flying thousands of miles and then driving about 300 on the road, she slumped on the accelerator and drove off the UK's M5 at well over the speed limit. Somehow she was relatively fine, but the 4x4 she was in had to be cut out of the trunk of a tree it ended up smashing into some 100 yards off the road.

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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:21 pm

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 20):
I suffered from cataplexy, sleep paralysis etc. but these were only mild cases.

I assume you've had your thryroid checked? And not just your TSH, but free T3/T4 levels, too. (Personally, even though the medical profession disagrees with me, I think the TSH test is hogwash since it measures your pituitary gland output, not your thryoid gland. My TSH can be 15 one day and 44 six weeks later after increasing the medication.)
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:30 pm

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 18):
If it turns out NOT to be the car...don't you have an M3? I know of very few people lulled to sleep by a finely tuned piece of high-performance machinery...

Yeah, M3, and I plan on getting DeadStop carbon monoxide detectors you mentioned. Many thanks.

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 19):
Hope you get a chance to do some reading on potential problems. Besides the link I gave above you can also Google Sleep Disorders for a long list of links.

So many disorders out there. I really hope its the car with the problem and not me. I have another car I plan to start driving regularly and see if that does me different.

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 21):
In the mean time when driving, do you have a friend or relative you can call, who can keep you talking should you feel sleepy?

It's funny you mention this. I have a list of people dedicated who I call when driving home from airport or arriving.
 
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:58 pm

A couple of times i slept with a cigarette in my hand, once i burned a big hole in the sofa in my house the other time i burned the carpet in the Royal Monceau in Paris, that made me see my doctor without delay, after a sleep study, i was put on a CPAP. Those things are great. Please see a doctor, if you sleep while driving the best case scenario is you will hurt yourself.
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:26 pm

Quoting fxramper (Thread starter):
I can be completely awake and functioning and 5 minutes behind the wheel of my car has be nodding back and forth and fighting the urge to doze off.

Happens to me from time to time. Usually it is the result of already being tired, being too warm, or a combination of the two. I'm fine as long as I'm active, moving about, talking, but as soon as I slip into a nice, comfortable seat, I have to really concentrate.

The other day, I stopped at a green light on the way home from work.

Quoting fxramper (Reply 13):
Does 5 hr energy work?

I've tried it and didn't find it especially energizing. I have a high tolerance for caffeine, so that may be the reason why. I had to stop drinking it as I got jittery when the effects of the drink started to wear off.

As far as CO poisoning, look for other common symptoms such as nausea, headaches, confusion, hallucinations, dizziness, palpitations, seizures, and of course fatigue (which you've already mentioned).
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:30 pm

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 20):
I could sleep 12 hours straight and wake up dead tired and having problems to stay awake during the day as well.

Sounds like a classic sleep apnea like I have.

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 20):
I have now problem getting any quality sleep.

A major reason to get a sleep study.

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 20):
Daytime sleepiness is still the same.

Which is another huge reason to get a sleep study.

Quoting fxramper (Reply 23):
So many disorders out there. I really hope its the car with the problem and not me. I have another car I plan to start driving regularly and see if that does me different.

It really sounds like you'll be getting some type of treatment for sleep disorders.

The most common is OSA - obstructive sleep apnea. You can read about it with Google, or at the site I noted before.

THe good news is that OSA can be treated. The cpap noted in other posts is a gentle air stent that keeps your airway open while you're sleeping. If you're like me you'll get your first decent night's sleep the first night you use the cpap and will wake up refreshed after 8 hours sleep.
 
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:40 pm

Quoting fxramper (Reply 23):
So many disorders out there. I really hope its the car with the problem and not me. I have another car I plan to start driving regularly and see if that does me different.

Get over to a doctor, might be some sort of disorder. But maybe the car as well (carbon monoxide buildup inside).

I know it's probably freezing cold, but try keeping the window open and maybe that helps?

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 26):
Sounds like a classic sleep apnea like I have.

Sometimes I have those symptoms, other times not at all. When I finish work at the end of the day, by the time I get on the train, I'm dead tired and drift off to sleep really quickly - so much that I sometimes go close to missing my station.
 
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:45 pm

Quoting fxramper (Reply 16):
Made an appt. for Friday.

Well done.

Having been in an accident caused by someone falling asleep at the wheel, I cannot stress how important it is not to take chances with driver fatigue. I was lucky, just a load of stitches, but it could have been so much worse.
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:56 pm

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 26):
Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 20):
I could sleep 12 hours straight and wake up dead tired and having problems to stay awake during the day as well.

Sounds like a classic sleep apnea like I have.

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 20):
I have now problem getting any quality sleep.

A major reason to get a sleep study.

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 20):
Daytime sleepiness is still the same.

Which is another huge reason to get a sleep study.

Been there, done that. Multiple times over the past 15 or so years I am coping with it. Had both the MSLT as well as the all-night test. And no, sleep apnea it is not. I am not even snoring (says my gf). My problem is this: http://www.sleepdisordersguide.com/narcolepsy.html
 
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:31 am

Quoting fxramper (Thread starter):

No doctor will laugh at you, not even out own DocLightning

Quoting Zentraedi (Reply 1):

  

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 6):
Quoting KPHXFlyer (Reply 10):
Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 24):

Hello to some fellow a.nutters with OSA,

Personally I was Diagnosed in June last year, I visited my GP with trouble breathing they sent me straight to hospital, and I didn't leave for 11 weeks (10 in Intensive care), which was very scary considering that 3 or 4 times the doctors told my parents that I had hours to live, but still here posting   In the end I was diagnosed with pneumonia, OSA and respiratory failure (Type 2) plus a few other things.

I am now a lot better thanks to a lot of hard work on the part of the medical staff, my family and me. So far I have lost approx 65kgs in the last 5 months.

Just a couple of pictures.

1st my mask, those with OSA will attest that it looks scary but its not so bad and it makes you feel great compared to how were before CPAP/NIV


DSC00386 by mwhcvt, on Flickr

2nd My most recent progress photo, which was a shock to me.

ME COMPARISON by mwhcvt, on Flickr

Hope you don't mind me sharing but hope that you get this sorted.

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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:08 am

Quoting MWHCVT (Reply 30):
Hope you don't mind me sharing but hope that you get this sorted

That is a great posting. Good luck.
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Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:13 am

Quoting fxramper (Reply 23):
It's funny you mention this. I have a list of people dedicated who I call when driving home from airport or arriving.

If I had a penny for every minute I've spent talking to my girlfriend on the phone to keep her alert when driving, then I'd be a very rich man by now. As it is (touch wood) she's not fallen asleep, which is good enough.


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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:32 am

There are 3 areas to look at:

1) Are you getting enough sleep in hours (7+) and at regular times? As you work at an airport, you may work nights and sleep days, while your body doesn't like that any you may be just not getting enough sleep time. Related to this is a situation where you cannot get uninterrupted sleep due to noise, light, distractions that wake you up. Try to keep a regular sleep time, time to bed, try to reduce distactions during sleep. Avoid any Rx or OTC drugs to help with sleep.

2) Problem with your vehicle or other possible exposures to CO2 at your work place. I had a car many years ago that had a hidden leak of a seam in an exhaust pipe over the rear axle. A key sign of CO2 exposure can be headaches, especially after a drive. Inspect the car's exhaust system thoroughly. Any good mechanic should be of help.

3) A medical problem from low thyroid I(a problem I have but not a difficult or expensive one to deal with) to a pulmonary disorder to Sleep Apnea or related disorders. Do you snore? Are you significantly overweight? Do you wake up during the night several times gasping for breath? Those could be Sleep Apnea signs. An overnight sleep study per your doctors prescription, usually done at a hospital, can point out the problem.

Think over the above and try to eliminate any of them and if in the #3 category, definitely see a doctor.
 
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Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:36 am

I also have obstructive sleep apnoea and use CPAP every night.

My sleep apnoea is a direct result of upper airway obstruction secondary to craniofacial anomalies (Treacher Collins syndrome, which includes upper airway obstruction by macroglossia and glossoptosis--my tongue is too large for my small mouth and blocks my throat, because of a small malformed jaw). I have had multiple tracheostomies.

I was diagnosed with severe OSA in Sept. 2004 (just weeks before I moved to London). Two sleep studies confirmed that I had been experiencing about 200 apnoeas per night. All my life I have been a loud snorer, keeping the house awake. For quite a few years prior to my diagnosis, I was getting progressively worse at sleeping at night and staying awake in daytime. The last 2 or 3 years before diagnosis, I could not stay awake for long in the day, but fell asleep in class (in university) and in church, and several times, behind the wheel. My first auto accident was due to falling partially asleep at the wheel. I also experienced killer headaches when awakening in the morning, with nausea. Some nights I would wake up in the wee hours, sweating profusely, head throbbing, and retching, and could only crawl to the bathroom, naked, sweating a lot, retching. When Mom and I went on a trip, she saw me thrashing about on my bed, struggling for air.

Doctors could not find out what was happening; they prescribed Provigil and other drugs, which did not help. Finally, my GP had me sleep with an oximeter on my finger one night. When he got the results, he called my family with a VERY urgent message--get to a critical care/pulmonary specialist right away for testing. So, I went to said specialist in Fort Wayne and had two overnight sleep studies, which revealed about 200 apnoeic events per night (likely due to my tongue lolling back in my throat during supine sleep, as my jaw is small and deformed and does not support my tongue well).

Just weeks before I moved away to London (UK) to start studying there in Sept. 2004, I was put on CPAP. Luckily I got a CPAP that was dual-voltage, so I could plug it in a UK 220V mains outlet without the need for a converter--just an adaptor plug was needed. I can take my CPAP anywhere in the world and plug it straight in (with an adaptor plug), regardless of voltage.

My CPAP, from the first time I used it, has changed my life and given me a much more refreshed sleep. It actually has saved my life--I may very well have died back in 2004 or so. I go back for sleep studies every few years. Last time I had one was in 2008 in San Francisco; they found I needed a stronger CPAP pressure. My new CPAP is much smaller and travels more easily.

The only problem I have with CPAP is that I must remove it from my bag every time I go through airport security--I fly 3-5 times a year.

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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:06 am

Quoting MWHCVT (Reply 30):

Hope you don't mind me sharing but hope that you get this sorted.

That's a pretty big change indeed! Good luck with it - looks like you are making big strides.
 
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:41 am

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 34):
Last time I had one was in 2008 in San Francisco; they found I needed a stronger CPAP pressure. My new CPAP is much smaller and travels more easily.

Since you have already had one change of pressure you might look into an autopap (auto-titrating). Basically it monitors your breathing during the night and moves pressure up and down during the night - based on what you need at the time.

It also comes in handy when you have an unusual pressure need. Several surgeries later I have had very good use of the ability to adjust within a logical range.

You should be able to find out information at the web site for your brand and resmed.com has some good patient information on the autopap. (You can also get more detailed information on the "clinical" side of these sites.

Quoting MWHCVT (Reply 30):
Hope you don't mind me sharing but hope that you get this sorted.

Glad to see you're on your way. Congrats on the progress you've made and good luck for more improvement!
 
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:42 pm

Go to the doctor and lets make a check.

Unusual fatigue can be a symptom for cardio-vascular issues and at worst also a prognostic symptom for a coming stroke or heart attack.
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RE: Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:50 pm

Just thought that I would post to see if there was any news, hope that things are getting sorted for you

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