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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    It was her brother's funeral. Pretty sure it was a crap day all round for the poor woman.

    And let's be clear...to have a similar effect on performance as 0.05 blood alcohol level you would have to be awake for 17 hours, not 5 hours of broken sleep. I'm not defending anyone who drives severely fatigued but there's a big difference in 5 broken hours of sleep and being awake for 17 hours.
    F me. What a horrible day for that poor woman. I just feel so sorry for her.

    Ps - I am regularly awake for 17 hours, and often sleep for about 5hrs. I guess that some people just need more sleep than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJaq View Post
    F me. What a horrible day for that poor woman. I just feel so sorry for her.

    Ps - I am regularly awake for 17 hours, and often sleep for about 5hrs. I guess that some people just need more sleep than others.
    Oh, I usually get about 7 hours of sleep which means I am awake for 17 hours but I guess the point is I wouldn't go driving at 11pm when I've been awake that long.

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    I should clarify - I'm not talking about yawny tired. As parents, and humans we've all been there and clearly there are various degrees of tiredness. I'm talking about exhausted tired - where you can't think clearly, or function. I've had a number of those days with DS2. Days where I actually feel nauseous I'm so tired. Those are the days I don't get in the car, and the days I'm talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I've always been an early riser. Up by 8 at the very latest.

    These days I get between 6-8 hours of solid sleep and that is all I need. I normally go to bed at 11 and up between 5 and 7. My kids don't wake up through the night unless they are sick, hot, cold, etc. Even as babies they were pretty good sleepers with only a few hiccups here and there. But I did most (95%) of night wakings as my husband drives trucks, operates heavy machinery and works crazy long hours.

    My kids wake about 6:30 these days. They are aged 8, 6, 4.
    I was joking (about people recalling getting that much), I know my husband doesn't wake at all from when his head hits the pillow. I just it's quite common for people not to get 5 hour blocks of sleep in a row and still be able to function safely throughout their day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post
    I was joking (about people recalling getting that much), I know my husband doesn't wake at all from when his head hits the pillow. I just it's quite common for people not to get 5 hour blocks of sleep in a row and still be able to function safely throughout their day.
    Oh, I agree. I don't think a very occasional night of broken sleep means you are extremely fatigued but others may think differently.

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    Jesus, I feel like I set off a bomb in here...
    You did, I all of the sudden have 20 posts to catch up on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Oh, I agree. I don't think a very occasional night of broken sleep means you are extremely fatigued but others may think differently.
    But even when my kids sleep through I'm a restless sleeper. Yes there are times, like now, where I feel ridiculously tired but most of the time, on what is 'normal' sleep for me, I guarantee I am fine to drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post
    But even when my kids sleep through I'm a restless sleeper. Yes there are times, like now, where I feel ridiculously tired but most of the time, on what is 'normal' sleep for me, I guarantee I am fine to drive.
    Would you drive now if not driving meant your eldest missing out on preschool etc?

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    Was chatting to the kids about this today and DSS told me that less than a year ago, he stayed in the car (age 8) while his mum went into JB HiFi.
    You cannot see out of this particular shop (small windows covered in posters) and even if you could, where she parked the car was not in sight.
    She was in there less than 5 mins when DSS came in shaking and crying with a strange man carrying him- he had hit the back of her car while trying to park. DSS had a broken leg.

    Just never worth it.


 

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