However as a mother of a child who was always sick, and who didn't sleep much for a few years, I would never have done anything. I think serious harm may have come our way in the form of depression or mental illness due to isolation. I already felt depressed and isolated enough.
If I was exhausted I used to ask for help, but I couldn't do that everyday. I didn't have anyone who would step up and help me every day or even a few times a week.
I operated on tired mode a lot.
I can empathise and understand how some parents forget things even when they aren't that tired. I do it all the time. I'm not perfect. I do what I can and what I feel is necessary.
I also do what I feel is reasonable and necessary to protect my family and children.
I don't think being tired means you should lock your self away, nor is it even possible for most people.
And for all those perfect people who have never done anything while tired, never made a mistake, misjudged a situation or forgotten something, then kudos to you.
To all those other evil parents, you are probably doing your best. And if people don't think it's good enough. Oh well.
I'm perpetually fatigued but my family and I still have needs. I do my very best to minimise risk, but circumstances mean that on occasion, I drive when I am fatigued. Not good enough for some? Well, meh. I don't think driving tired is a giggle and I don't do it unless I have to. But guess what? Sometimes I have to.
I suffer terribly from insomnia. A good night for me is 4-5hr stretch of sleep a bad night 2-3 lots of 1-2hr stretches of sleep.
On the few occasions I've had 6+ hrs I feel like a completely different person. In general I limit my driving as I think it's unsafe, I also never drive at night:/
I dont agree with your estimation of what would cause driver fatigue.
Like another previous post said ... some rarely get a 5 hour block of sleep. I wen years of seldom getting to sleep before 2:30 am and would be waking again at 6:30. I was caring for a baby sister with epilepsy who could have an average of a seizure an hour.
Sometimes I would be fatigued, if I was driving I would simply pull over, recline the seat and have a snooze, that did not happen to often.
It was not often that I would feel fatigued while driving. Yes I agree driver fatigue can be compared to drink driving
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I used to very irresponsibly drive fatigued, before kids, after a very late night (not drinking), I'd get to work and couldn't even remember the drive there...eeek.
Now that Im a responsible adult I try not to drive fatigued- I certainly don't do long drives if I'm tired, but I haven't had a solid five hr block sleep for a couple of years, and still have to drive most days. I don't mean to get milk etc, I'll walk to the closest shop for that, but I do have to get the kids to school, which isn't in walking distance. It is really unavoidable for a lot of people.
I have pulled over on the side of the Monash a few times for a micro sleep, which is a bit embarrassing really, its only a 40 min drive to the airport, but if I'm tired I have to pull over.
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