[Previous Months][Date Index][Thread Index][Join - Register][Login]
[Message Prev][Message Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
[IP] Driving Dazed
- Subject: [IP] Driving Dazed
- From: Sherry Webb <email @ redacted>
- Date: Fri, 21 May 1999 10:31:39 -0400
I have been reading the thread about the woman who found herself
feeling dazed when driving. I don't know if this will help, but I
will tell you about my personal experience.
I commute 40 minutes to work everyday, my route has very few stop
signs, lights, etc, so it is a consistent 40 mph the whole way.
I found myself feeling very dazed and having a lack of concentration
on the road after about a 1/2 hour. And many times I pulled over and
tested my blood sugar and no patterns seemed to be apparent. I found
that the following things were what was causing it.
1. Hypnotic Driving Syndrome (my name, not a medical name): it has been
shown that driving on a road, primarily on highways or major roadways
can be somewhat hypnotizing. The constant divider lines passing by
was making me become dazed. In my case it was taking about a 1/2
hour to kick in. The solution I found to this, going to work was
taking a can of soda with me and drinking it in the car. I know this
sounds silly, but the fraction of a second it took me to pick up the
can...my eyes were focusing on something else and keeping me from
getting hypnotized. Another solution is to check the rear view mirror
few more times then you regularly do.
2. Another factor was I needed glasses. I am slightly nearsighted and
being a software engineer has put my eyes close to a computer screen
for most of the day. Apparently it was enough to make me need
for reading street signs and plates on cars more then 6 feet in front
of me. It wasn't major enough that it effected my driving. Things
blurry just slightly out of reading range. The problem was my eyes
trying to focus even harder and it was physically draining to me. Any
more then 40 minutes or longer made me feel very warn out. Also
the glasses it just made me feel slightly dazed because of my vision.
3. Thyroid levels, if you have hypothyroid have your levels checked
you might not be on the right medication dosage. If you don't have
hypothyroid trouble maybe you should ask your doctor to check for it.
Often when mine are slightly off I feel very slowed down.
Hope this helps.
Insulin Pumpers website http://www.insulin-pumpers.org/
for mail subscription assistance, contact: HELP@insulin-pumpers.org