sleepy while driving

By alesiafae Latest Reply 2014-04-01 22:02:14 -0500
Started 2014-03-30 17:08:05 -0500

Hi there long time no hear right. I've been busy with work but I'm back! Question: has anyone else felt extremely sleepy while driving? Does anyone know what causes this? How I can prevent it? When I first got diagnosed this was a problem but I avoided it by not taking long drives by myself now I have found that it can happen even on short rides. Your thoughts?

12 replies

lindainJapan 2014-04-01 22:02:14 -0500 Report

I feel sleepy while driving and I ask myself. Do I need sleep? Do I need rest? Do I need sugar? If the impulse to sleep is extreme. Where can I pull over to stick my finger? Cell phone my destination and beg off. Park in a safe place while I wait for my emergency sugar or my insulin to bring me back to being safe behind a wheel. Very low I've passed out with sugar pills in my mouth and come to grateful to be alive and everyone in the parking lot curious but folks on the streets lucky to be un damaged.

GabbyPA 2014-03-31 08:50:26 -0500 Report

I used to have that problem before I was diagnosed, specially in afternoon drives. I find when my levels are high after a meal, it makes me want to sleep. So that may be your issue. How do your levels run? Do you test before you take trips? That can tell you if maybe you need to adjust your levels before getting behind the wheel. And lows cause other issues with driving and that is why many CDL holders loose driving jobs due to that possibility.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-31 00:05:01 -0500 Report

I am having this problem also. It is so weird, I can be doing anything sitting and just fall asleep. I haven't found out the cause yet. I thought maybe my BS either high or low but that wasn't the answer. Since I'm retired I just get my husband to drive me.
I also have a problem at night sometimes I go for a week not being able to sleep and then I'll go for a week and sleep to much. This is a question I am going to ask at my endo. appointment. I hope we both get an answer.

jayabee52 2014-03-31 00:39:25 -0500 Report

Perhaps, Trudie,might you have sleep apnea? I had been falling asleep in the middle of the day. I took a sleep study at home and found that I do have "mild to moderate" sleep apnea. Apnea is where a sleeper stops breathing for seconds or up to a minute or two. You can see an article from our US National institutes of health which explains it better than I could, here ~

Sometimes with a loss of weight the apnea stops or lessens. I have chosen not to use a Cpap or Bipap machine to try to counteract the cessaton of breathing.

I was able to lose weight (65 lbs) and I believe that has helped me.

There is a whole community at at Sleep connect (click on "visit another community" and then click on "sleep disorders" and look around (I am on that site as well) If you want to get involved there just use your DC logon info to sign in to Sleep connect.

God's best to you


Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-31 00:48:17 -0500 Report

I hope to find out soon. I keep checking at my endos. office to see if they have had any cancellations so I can get in sooner. No luck so far. Say a little prayer for me, and alesiafae to find out.

jayabee52 2014-03-31 00:57:51 -0500 Report

Perhaps endos are not the best place to start for this type of problem. You might want to look for (or ask your dr for a referral to a sleep study Dr. I did my sleep study at home in my own bed They fitted me with a box (had to sleep on my back) and had a blood pressure cuff and a heart monitor and oximeter which were recorded for a night. I took the box back the next day and got my Dx in about 3 days.

There are sleep study clinics, but don't know exactly what goes on there But I think doing the box in your own bed might give better results because you are in your own environment and you might relax easier.

Prayers ascending so that you two could find out what might be causing your sleepiness behind the wheel. (does it also happen in other places or situations, or only driving?)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-30 19:05:20 -0500 Report

When I was driving and felt that way, I would roll the window down and get fresh air and turn on the radio to some dance music or pop in a cd. I would also change how I am sitting and I never ever use cruise control.