Does being in a moving vehicle for a while wear you out?

@Valenas (1510)
United States
August 18, 2008 7:40pm CST
I know that even the trip to work is enough to make me tired and whiny by the time I get home, and that is about a 30-45 minute trip. I recently took a three-hour trip to visit a relative in another city. Even though I wasn't driving, I wanted to sleep by the time I got there. Watching the road the entire time just took away a lot of my energy. Maybe my mind was overactive with so many things to pay attention to that I mentally wore myself out? Anyway, do you get tired when in or driving a vehicle?
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@anawar (2406)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Valenas hi. I like road trips if I'm in control. I like to travel alone. I stop whenever I want to and drive as long as I like to. Sometimes, I drive for so long, that when I get out of the vehicle, it feels like the ground is shaking underneath my feet. I don't like being a passenger, especially sitting in the back seat. I get worn out the same as you and all sleepy and a little depressed. I always get stuck in the backseat when we visit our aunt in a nursing home. It takes over two hours to get there and I hate every minute of it. Before I know it, I get stuck in the back seat again, and it's time to go home. It's very tiring. I can read in the car without getting car sick, and that helps pass the time. travel lightly, anawar out
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@Valenas (1510)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Hello Anawar. I can understand that being in control of the car helps a lot. That is one reason why Grandma doesn't go with us on trips anymore--she hates that my Dad drives, and she wants to be the driver. As the driver, I am sure you feel safer. I am a bit scared of driving myself, so I prefer to have other people do it. You are the only other person that I have ever heard say that riding in the car is depressing. I think so, too. While sitting back there, sometimes I just start to think, and sometimes the songs on the radio, which now I am paying even more attention to because I am not driving, make it worse. Thank you for responding.
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@anawar (2406)
• United States
20 Aug 08
valenas - hi. I'm with you on the radio problem as well. Those certain songs that come on, always bring back memories I'm trying to let go of. Oh well.
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• United States
19 Aug 08
I do get tired and feel drained when we travel. I can not however fall asleep in the vehicle very easily anymore. When I was running around with my friends all the time late at night everyone would fall asleep and leave me to drive. I would be so very tired and no one stayed awake to keep me company. It kind of got to where it made me mad that they did me this way. So now when people drive me on long trips I can not sleep because I remember how I felt being so tired and feeling all alone. I try my best to keep them company.
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@Valenas (1510)
• United States
20 Aug 08
That sucks that no one would stay up with you. In external hindsight, I would have told them, "Keep me company, or I will fall asleep and we will all die!" That may have kept them up. I am glad that you do that for other people when they are driving.
@modmommy (44)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Yep, same here. I've been told it is one symptom of sleep apnea. Not sure though. I just got a sleep apnea test done and didn't have it, but I get exhausted just thinking about sitting in the car for an hour. We will drive to dallas, about 1 1/2 hours away, and I sleep there and back most of the time. Something about the trees and sky passing me by...
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@Valenas (1510)
• United States
20 Aug 08
A symptom of sleep apnea? I have never heard of that being involved before, but it is an interesting idea. Thank you for responding.
• United States
19 Aug 08
I think its just that you get bored and so you get tired. We just got back from a road trip to see the in-laws, approx 545 miles each way...hubby does all the driving most of the time, so i get bored, and well get sleepy and end up sleeping, but i dont feel rested when i get to my destination..thats the worst part of it.
@Valenas (1510)
• United States
19 Aug 08
That could be it. I can never seem to sleep on the road. When I am able to fall asleep, I wake up at every slow-down or stop that we have to make. Thank you for responding.
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• United States
19 Aug 08
I get car sick if I have the air conditioning on. Which I have on most of time. [It gets really hot here in Florida.] Nit getting fresh air makes me sick. I also took a 3 hour drive to Disney World with my family. We stopped every hour to stretch and so I can get some air. I don't get drowsy but I try to so I don't get car sick.
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@Valenas (1510)
• United States
19 Aug 08
I know first hand how Florida is. Not only is the heat terrible, but the humidity! I have never heard of the air conditioner making someone car sick before. Maybe it is due to the high variation of temperatures from the outside and inside.
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• Philippines
19 Aug 08
somehow, it makes me dizzy.. and my head would ache when i am in a vehicle for a longer periond of time. and if it persists, i vomits!..
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@Valenas (1510)
• United States
19 Aug 08
That sounds like motion-sickness to me. I get it if I am playing a game or reading while I am riding in a vehicle, or if I haven't eaten yet. Do you do any of that while you are in a vehicle? I know that my sister gets it all of the time. Sometimes people just feel sick.
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@berrys (865)
• Singapore
19 Aug 08
Man... i hate car trips to see your relatives and all because the ride there is so boring I FEEL LIKE SLEEPING!!! but i cant sleep in a moving vehicle ITS SAD. As a matter of fact i cant even sit on a plan for 2hrs without moving... I just have to move... I'm too active~~I think anyways I dont get like that when I'm taking a trip with my friends though... oddly enough i enjoy my trips with my friends but not with family... wee bit strange eh?
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@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
19 Aug 08
Yes, it does. Very often I have to drive to the airport and then to a ship in port which can be far away and spend the whole day on the road and it does tire me out considerably. I don't know why sitting down and being driven does that but it does.
• United States
19 Aug 08
Haha yes it does! And it seems the faster it moves the more tired I get! Airplanes move fast, and they wear me out the most!
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@lira23 (210)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Actually yes I get very tired while just riding in a car, so usually I fall asleep or just close my eyes, eventually you end up cranky when you have to spend about eight hours in a car cramped with your siblings. I remember we would always travel holidays to go see my step dad's parents I call then grandma and grandpa still even though my dad passed away. Recently though I had moved down south of the states and that took over 24 hours and then some just to get here from where I was at, by the time i got off the bus,I was tired,cranky and went to my relatives place where I was staying and crashed.
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