Natural night owls who struggle a bit with night time driving

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by GhentSaintPeters, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. 2old

    2old Heavy Load Member

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    That my friend is a sign of experience and wisdom....might save a life...might even be yours.. knowing your limit and making the decision NOT to push it is smart. :3some:
     
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    I don't think you've ever come across as delusional......you probably feel hallusional <<<< that isn't a real word but you know what I mean. Hallucinations are definitely a sign that it's time to park it fast....that's when I fall asleep.
     
  5. TravR1

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    I know those hallucinations all too well.

    Seeing Daffy Duck dancing in the road in front of you means half of your brain is already asleep and you are dreaming and driving at the same time... And you are probably all over your lane and maybe part of the left lane at times and not realizing it.

    Sleep driving is a real thing. Some folks interviewed in sleep driving cases recall driving and also dreaming. Like They have separate memories of both, except those were happening at the same time, and they didnt even realize it until the next day.
     
  6. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Hallucinations. Beware the Black Dog.

    Lot of guys talk about the sun coming up killing them but for me that sunrise has always seemed to give me a second wind.
     
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  7. Ffx95

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    I normally start at midnight. My low point is usually at dawn that’s when I decide to park and catch an hour nap.
     
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  8. GhentSaintPeters

    GhentSaintPeters Light Load Member

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    Good to see I'm not alone in this.

    One thing that I didn't mention or see mentioned, I'm not quite sure it's the hours themselves that make me tired.

    I think a big part of it is just staring into the blackness, into the nothingness, for hours on end.

    I'm not being sarcastic when I say this, Chicago is a real pleasure to drive in at 2am in the morning. There's adequate lanes but most importantly, IT'S LIT UP BRIGHT!!!

    If the interstates were lit up, I don't think it would be as big of a deal. But of course I realize that's not practical in rural parts of the country like South Dakota. And a country as big as the US, it's not practical I know that.

    I think the hours have something to do with it but I think the staring into darkness does as well. Because I'll feel the dreariness start kicking in at 5pm/6pm during winter time when it starts getting dark out early. Whereas during summer that dreariness doesn't kick in during the dinner time hours.
     
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  9. SteveScott

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    I got a full 8 hours last night and I struggled to stay awake most of today. Skipped lunch and took a 30 minute power nap, which helped for a couple hours. Now I'm parked for the night and I'm wide awake.
     
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  10. TravR1

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    I saw a black dog late at night, or early morning on the side of the road, then it ran off to the right.

    Knew it wasnt real because it was a dog walking on two legs with a white triangle eye. It looked weird, and a tad freaky at the time. Just my imagination though I am sure.
     
  11. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

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    That's where I found Melatonin to help the most. Disgusting cant sleep when you want to.

    Gazing at the road is a no no. But when you got no moon. Nothing to look at but the road. Makes it difficult.
    When that white striped line starts looking like star wars. That's when I park it.
    Don't know if it's because I'm older? Or I have had so much self discipline. Falling asleep comes more in the form of losing cognitive abilities. I see a sign of starting to lose. I park it.
     
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