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Re: Any tips to staying awake on the freeway? [Re: das_peikko] #5082327 04/22/19 12:19 AM
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Re: Any tips to staying awake on the freeway? [Re: ediamiam] #5082331 04/22/19 12:51 AM
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Originally Posted by 69GTX
Listen to a morning radio show that makes you think. Keep your mind engaged for that 40 minutes.

Originally Posted by bubbatime
Listen to audiobooks. Your local library has a free slection, or you could use the Audible app. When I get into a good book, I stay awake.

Originally Posted by ediamiam
I try to listen to talk radio when I'm driving. Keeps my mind active and sometimes my blood boiling.


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Re: Any tips to staying awake on the freeway? [Re: das_peikko] #5082338 04/22/19 01:52 AM
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There is no vehicle issue here

If you are burning the candle at both ends, don't.

Life is too short to do that. It's just transportation.

Re: Any tips to staying awake on the freeway? [Re: Dyusik] #5082343 04/22/19 02:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Dyusik
Coffee is good while caffeine is kicking, and after that theobromine's vasodialation can be felt, especially that early. A drop in blood pressure can rock you to sleep much better than your struts. I have to get up early as well, and don't start my coffee until getting to my destination, of shortly before. Nothing replaces sleep though. If you find yourself falling asleep, try screaming at things, it's unorthodox, but it will work until you can pull over (or get pulled over smile )


Most intelligent answer here.

Don't drink coffee until at least an hour after you wake up. It's a feedback effect - you use the coffee as a stimulant, and your body learns to down-regulate your natural cortisol and other wake-up hormones. Since i quit drinking cofee until AFTER I get to work, I wake up more naturally, fully, and am more functional.

Go to sleep early enough to get enough sleep, don't f' with your bodies natural rhythm with drugs like you are doing.

Re: Any tips to staying awake on the freeway? [Re: Oro_O] #5082345 04/22/19 02:32 AM
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Yes … you need water first and coffee can wait …

Re: Any tips to staying awake on the freeway? [Re: das_peikko] #5082353 04/22/19 03:05 AM
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Try doing some exercises right before you leave the house.....do some pushups jumping jacks stuff like that.....do you have the same problem when coming home?

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Re: Any tips to staying awake on the freeway? [Re: das_peikko] #5082361 04/22/19 03:47 AM
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That doesn't sound good.

You should investigate possible Sleep Apnea/Diabetes

I generally cruise with a window down, and the sunroof open, and the radio going

But my commute isn't as soothing, any attempts at sleep behind the wheel will result in death, or driving off a bridge or two


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Re: Any tips to staying awake on the freeway? [Re: das_peikko] #5082368 04/22/19 04:19 AM
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I'll take melatonin before bed to help me get restful sleep even if it's only 6 hours. Talk radio helps because it gives your mind something to think about. Sipping on soda also helps.

Re: Any tips to staying awake on the freeway? [Re: Oro_O] #5082380 04/22/19 04:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Oro_O
Originally Posted by Dyusik
and don't start my coffee until getting to my destination, of shortly before. )

Don't drink coffee until at least an hour after you wake up.

And if the coffee at work sucks and no place is open to buy coffee before 5 am? I leave at 4 am as well with a 40 minute commute much like the OP. It's not a perfect world..

I use talk radio.



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Re: Any tips to staying awake on the freeway? [Re: AZjeff] #5082383 04/22/19 04:54 AM
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I make a thermos full so it stays warm and I don't have to keep the burner on. (Or I've made a liter in the french press.)

It will stay warm all day long, so it's there for me to refill my mug. I'll do it this way even if I'm working from home.

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And if the coffee at work sucks and no place is open to buy coffee before 5 am? I leave at 4 am as well with a 40 minute commute much like the OP.


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Re: Any tips to staying awake on the freeway? [Re: ammolab] #5082386 04/22/19 05:04 AM
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Sleep Apnea? any chance this is a factor? GET TESTED. It is something you can have at a life threatening level and not be aware of.

I have it and had no clue. Sleep lab testing estimated I was getting 8 minutes of sound sleep a night.

This. I work nights and am not tired all the time once I got diagnosed. I had no idea either, but my wife is a respiratory therapist and she noticed I quit breathing at night. I sleep with a CPAP machine now, but it was a little hard to get used to. I can't sleep w/o it now.


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Re: Any tips to staying awake on the freeway? [Re: das_peikko] #5082395 04/22/19 05:19 AM
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Exercise before work.
My wife does a lot of traveling for her job and works out everyday before work. She has a home gym in the basement and also has a gym membership.


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Re: Any tips to staying awake on the freeway? [Re: das_peikko] #5082404 04/22/19 05:32 AM
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I won't give any suggestions because there may be variables that are not mentioned in the OP. Would suggest one thing though, search for Matthew Walker on YouTube. He wrote the book 'Why We Sleep'. He has a lab at UC Berkeley. In short youtube video snippets, he has explained a lot of things on how our behavior (including what we eat, when we eat, how we eat, etc) affects sleep. Hopefully, you will find your answer there. There is never 'one size fits all' answer when it comes to sleep, because of the complexity in the sleep process.

Somebody mentioned sleep apnea, look into that too.

Re: Any tips to staying awake on the freeway? [Re: Reddy45] #5082418 04/22/19 05:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Reddy45
Open all windows. Hard to fall asleep when you're being blown around.


This is what I do. Works like a charm! Especially if it's cool outside.


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Re: Any tips to staying awake on the freeway? [Re: das_peikko] #5082425 04/22/19 06:02 AM
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Wear a tens unit and set it to a uncomfortable level

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