It's dangerous being tired!

When I think about it, I've done a lot of dangerous things over the last few years brought on by tiredness.

Running red lights, leaving doors unlocked, a lot of near misses in the car (always my fault). leaving food on the hob until it's burnt (all the bloody time). Leaving hair-straighteners on…........
Having a 3 and 4 yeard old, it's pretty scary to think of some of the dangers I've accidentally put them in.

Anyone else doing anything stupid and dangerous due to their tiredness?

Posted 30 Oct 2012 at 10:42 AM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    Hello kara1 not dangerous things but will raise a few smiles I hope, I have made the tea…ok no problem…....THEN put the milk in the cupboard and the sugar in the Fridge!

    I did manage to burn a saucepan the other week, can I add if you are so tired please don't drive, not are you only putting yourself at risk you are others and would be in trouble with plod if they found out

    take care…this is a great thread….........Andy

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    Hi Andy, I know you shouldn't drive when your tired, but you still have to get to work and attempt to function as if everything is completely fine. If I could have my way, I'd be curled up into a nice comfy duvet for the day. Mmmmmm.

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    Hi kara1 I hope if you haven't already found the relaxation downloads you will soon. I have found relaxation to be a crucial part of my sleep solution. A couple of sessions a day help me – not easy when you have young kids. I am wondering if you also have some kind of post viral or chronic fatigue going a long with your insomnia. My insomnia is years old and when I developed post viral fatigue as well I just didn't want to get up but was so frustrated at being so tired and not sleeping. My stupid list is quite long and I my most embarrassing stuff is just simply forgetting things (no don't think it is dementure setting in! ) not very funny really usually stuff my partner tells me – we go between two houses and I say I will pack up the food and get to the other house – food – what food? I wish I could tell you something hilarious maybe I have forgotten the funniest moments.

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    Hello Kara 1 and Goldie
    news on the what have you done on the so tired and dangerous thread, please have the tissues ready this will probably be the funniest thing you have heard today

    Right there's andy making a cuppa, thinks to himself the cups need topping up with hot water, picks up the water filter pours in cold water to top the cups up, roars of laughter as they the audience notice in my panic to hide my mistake I try to put the water jug where the kettle sits, more rapturous laughter.

    just goes to show you the silly things we do when so tired, and Kara 1 make way for Goldie and me the duvet sounds lovely ;-))
    take care keep posting, love this thread….........Andy

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    When I did session 2 today I realised one of my biggest worries is how I cope after bad sleep, and specifically that I'd drive dangerously. I might add that I live in Cape Town, where the traffic can be heavy and there are plenty of lawless drivers, and I have to drive in to work 25km every day, no matter how well or badly I slept. A positive outcome of the session was that I realised I have already started to use quite a few coping mechanisms. I monitor myself very closely when I drive. I know when I'm not feeling my best – either sleepy or more irritable than usual. So I compensate by deliberately focusing harder, maybe switching off the radio, and thinking positive thoughts about being a responsible driver. I may choose the slower lane or if I don't feel up to facing the heaviest traffic, I can sometimes avoid the worst of the rush hour by flexing my work hours. Realising all of this made me feel a lot more in control of my behaviour, even when I don't feel great after a bad night.

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    My husband is always putting sugar bowl in fridge, and he sleeps like a log!! I have put an elecric kettle on the gas in the morning when I've been very tired, smeel was awful.

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    One tired morning at work I got a tea bag out of my locker and made a cup of tea. Then with keys still in one hand I fished the tea bag out of the cup and proceeded to throw my locker keys in the bin. I stood there for a few confused moments looking at my steaming dripping tea bag on its spoon unable to fathom what it was and why it was there. At least I snapped out of it before I put it in my pocket, thus narrowly avoiding an embarrassing stroll through the office with a damp steaming thigh.

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    Funny grumpy imp!

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    Yes, this is probably my biggest concern regarding my sleep issues. I live in the northwestern part of the U.S., in a sparsely populated area. Thus even though I'm retired I frequently have to drive long distances. For example my children and grandchildren are 6 1/2 hours away in Portland, Oregon (A delightful city ). Even if I have to drive one hour to buy shoes or clothes, if it's going to be after noon I break my rules. I drink coffee. And I take Ambien the night before. Opening the window and slapping myself in the face just aren't enough. Once I got a ticket for speeding because I didn't see the speed limit sign. Too sleepy. This is bad, and what drove me to seek help.
    I am open to suggestions.

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    Yes.

    Not sure I want to think about the details, but fear of doing dangerous things is what has driven me here.

    Speaking of driving, I'm afraid to do it till I've had some sleep. Wanted to do live CBT, but I'd have to drive about 20 miles through dense suburbs each way to get there. I'm so glad the online option is here.

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    Hi everyone,
    This thread seems to have expired but i find the whole issue of driving when overtired is one that really concerns me and why I have been so cautious about the sleep restrictions.
    50 years ago I fell asleep at the wheel with 3 small children in the back of my vehicle and closed the M1 for an hour. Luckily no-one was killed but a lot of damage in the pile up…
    I've never forgotten that life lesson and its one reason I cling on to my half sleeping tab to make sure I get enough sleep if I have to drive next day and why getting enough sleep is a priority.
    I'm working my way through the course and have learnt a lot including pushing my bedtime back a bit, but I've decided for a golden oldie living on their own exteme tiredness is a genuine hazard and has to be negotiated with care.
    Don't know how other people feel about this issue?
    Best wishes to everyone on the course

    Doreen

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    I read your message Doreen and that is one awful lesson learnt, we are told not to drive when we are tired. I am so glad that you lived to tell the tale and that nobody was seriously hurt or worse.

    I actually gave up driving when I started having sleep problems, but my insomnia was short term compared to people who have suffered with it for 20 years or more. But if you have to drive to work or drive the kids about then it becomes very difficult and easy to think that you will be OK.

    Now that I sleep well I have started driving again but it is taking me a while to build up confidence to get behind the wheel again, but I am getting there!

    Ve

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    isnt that the truth i allmost killed when i went throw a red line …

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    The dumbest thing I've done (to date) is to try and cut a big chunk of Edam cheese with the wrong side of the knife, whilst pressing down on the sharp edge with my hand, and wondering why the cheese just doesn't seem to want to cut, and wondering at the same time why my hand is hurting, and what's that blood doing on the chopping board?? EO

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