Yes I have driven while seriously sleep deprived. I went for months on less than 4 broken hours a night. I had appointments across town to get to, work to go to. I even would drive to "avoidable" things like play dates. Perhaps I shouldn't have but if I had been unable to drive I would have most definitely gone insane as I was battling PND also.
I think when you're that tired you actually don't do a good risk assessment necessarily. I just thought sleep deprivation was part of being a parent and I should mutter "this shall pass" over and over again and get on with life.
Last edited by duckduckgoose; 17-11-2013 at 19:44.
I think this thread is completely out of context.
Ive been exhausted and done some weird things, forgotten things etc. but I've never fallen asleep.
Definitely worlds a part. A good way to pull a straw man and firmly point the finger at parents expecting them to be perfect when a child is harmed accidentally.
Id like to say - there but for the grace of Jebus go I. (I'm not really religious so I switched it up a litt).
havent read everything. But I find it hilarious that on here its absolutely abhorrent to leave your kids in the car while paying for fuel 15 metres away. But its perfectly OK to drive tired.. because 'it cant be helped' lol.
Gosh. I drive tired... but I desperately try not to. My dd is a shocking sleeper. And by shocking I mean awful terrible...unbelievably bad. She's also been in hospital several times and I've needed to drive home in s rush and back agsin... or taken her to important medical appointments. Where possible I've asked for company. .. but unfortunately I don't have much of a support system around me so although I've asked for help it hasn't been given. Sadly.
However. ..I try not to but sometimes it's unavoidable. .. I take water. ... or get a coffee. And if I need to I pull over and stop to wake up a bit I do.
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I have also said that it's not about being so tired you will fall asleep (although you shouldn't do that either!) I'm talking about much lower reaction times and the danger of micro sleeps.
If you have to drive to work or because you need medicine or you really do need groceries that's one thing. But you should at least stop and think 'I'm really tired. I need to take it easy, keep the windows down, not listen to the radio, whatever' and if it's NOT an essential trip you need to rethink going at all. Catch a bus. Call your play date and say 'look I didn't get much sleep and I'd rather not drive, any chance you could come here?' Call your husband and ask him to bring home bread and milk. It's not ok to just get in a car because you want to when you are endangering others on the road. Sorry it's just not. You need to think about and manage it the way you would drinking and driving. of COURSE you cant always control how much sleep you get, or whether you have to drive somewhere. but far too many people dont seem to give it a second thought, or think it is somehow a bit of a laugh or shrug their shoulders. I don't drive, but DP and I have cancelled long car journeys if he hasn't had enough sleep. If he hasn't had enough sleep he will walk instead of ride to work. He caught a taxi home from the hospital and we copped a big parking fee when he went home at 5am after DS was born. What I am saying is that you can't just jump into your car whenever you like, it is your responsibility to make sure everyone on the road is safe. If you haven't had enough sleep, driving should be a last resort. I won't back down from that position. It is dangerous to drive fatigued.
it doesnt actually matter for the reason behind why you have to drive. If you are fatigued (and a lot of people arent even aware they are because they feel fine) Then you are a danger and its not ok. you can be offended about it but honestly its just not OK to put someone elses family at risk because of your needs
If people are fatigued, and they don't even know it. Then how are they supposed to know if they are or aren't.
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