Sleeping while awake?

@cahaya1983 (10053)
Malaysia
December 13, 2017 7:23pm CST
It's called microsleep. (Another term I have to thank the Internet for.) It makes me realize one thing: we don't necessarily understand the struggle that the human brain goes through, sometimes. You know that state between nodding off to sleep and jolting awake a few seconds after that? Parts of our brain actually shut down during those few seconds, but the rest remain awake. In other words, our brain nerve cells are tired, and they're demanding rest. The dangerous part of it is that we're often not aware of that brief unconsciousness, which is a common cause for road accidents. When was the last time you fell into microsleep? Do you often push yourself to stay awake?
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@sabtraversa (13336)
• Italy
14 Dec
I sometimes deprive myself of sleep if I need to wake up early but couldn't go to bed as early. I experience the microsleep, and I tend to be very irritable until I hit the hay. There have been a few times I simply fell asleep, literally.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Dec
I actually experienced that at work a few years back! I had to commute quite far to work at the time and usually left home very early in the morning.
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@DianneN (78465)
• United States
14 Dec
I was asleep in the car coming home from dinner with my husband on a highway. He fell asleep, too, while driving and the crash against the divider woke us both. We returned a few days before from Hong Kong and had jet lag. Thank goodness we didn't kill anyone or ourselves. The car was dented badly, but we were able to drive it home and get it repaired. I guess my hubs fell into a microsleep.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Dec
Oh no, I'm so glad both of you didn't get hurt! My sister got into a similar accident too on her way to work but fortunately she didn't get hurt. She had to travel quite far back and forth at the time. It's scary how accidents can happen because of this!
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@DianneN (78465)
• United States
16 Dec
@cahaya1983 Thanks, and I'm glad your sister didn't get hurt either. There are so many ways that accidents can happen that it's scary!
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@MarymargII (9770)
• Toronto, Ontario
15 Dec
Often if I'm about to nap- I will jump start awake or alert for a few times. Then I may or may not fall asleep after that.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Dec
Yes sometimes during the day it happens when I'm reading and that's a sign that I should take a nap.
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@marlina (73882)
• Canada
17 Dec
@MarymargII , It happens to me too once in a while.
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@Madshadi (8937)
• Brussels, Belgium
14 Dec
It happens to me when it's too warm in the swimming pool and I'm giving lessons from the side. Good thing kids don't notice.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Dec
So you're a swimming coach? I didn't know you can nod off in the pool while giving lessons!
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@Madshadi (8937)
• Brussels, Belgium
15 Dec
@cahaya1983 if I’m in the pool water keeps me awake. But some lessons I give from the side of the pool. There, and with that blower keep heating into my face, I get really sleepy.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Dec
@Madshadi Oh yeah that makes sense. Well good that the kids didn't notice.
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@KrauseHome (35034)
• United States
16 Dec
My husband has a really bad issue with this one. From time to time I have experience this.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
16 Dec
I tend to experience that whenever I don't get enough sleep. Once I remember falling into microsleep during my Calculus class.
@pitsipeahie (2214)
14 Dec
I don't know if its the same but I have moments when I unexpectedly nod off only to be awakened with a sudden head jolt/ jerk usually on bus rides on my way home from work or when I'm staring at the computer for long hours.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Dec
Yeah it happened to me too. Actually the last time it happened was when I was watching a movie, I think it was boring, that's why I dozed off.
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@yanzalong (10151)
• Indonesia
14 Dec
I'd rather have a rest for a while. I remember driving on the highway, so I quickly pulled up and stopped for 10 minutes/
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Dec
That's good. It can be dangerous if you doze off while driving.
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@Kandae11 (37122)
14 Dec
That happened years ago - now I get my eight or nine hours rest at night.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
14 Dec
That's good, because that usually happens when you're sleep deprived.
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@averygirl72 (16656)
• Philippines
14 Dec
I think I experience that microsleep. I feel I'm sleeping but I'm aware of what's going on around or I feel my sleep is shallow
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
14 Dec
Yes lack of sleep is a common cause, that's why it's dangerous to drive when you didn't get enough sleep.
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@1hopefulman (28612)
• Canada
17 Dec
I remember it happening once when I was in the car at a re stoplight while I was waiting for the light to change to green and it scared me a lot. Thankfully, most of the time that that happens I am in bed.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
Oh wow really, glad to know that it didn't happen while you were driving. That would be a lot worse.
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@1hopefulman (28612)
• Canada
19 Dec
@cahaya1983 I must have fallen asleep for an instant and I felt the car moving and it really concerned me.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
20 Dec
@1hopefulman Oh so the car actually moved? Glad nothing bad happened!
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@hereandthere (31160)
• Philippines
16 Dec
i remember two incidents that happened to my co-workers, years apart, different companies. in the first one, two guys, both sleep deprived. the one driving was jolted awake when the wheels passed over the metal grates at the underpass. the other one was a female officemate whose mother was hospitalized. when she was driving home she was jolted awake when her car hit the curb on the right side of the highway. apparently it swerved from left to right while she was asleep. good thing in both cases, these people were in the non-rush hour side of the highway.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
17 Dec
Oh no...they didn't get hurt did they? The most recent case happened to my younger sister, due to lack of sleep also. Fortunately she didn't get hurt. Some people aren't very lucky. I think some people are confident that they can push themselves to stay awake but it's really very dangerous to drive in that condition.
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• Philippines
17 Dec
@cahaya1983 yes, both were lucky. i hope your sister doesn't take chances again.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
18 Dec
@hereandthere Me too. She actually had to travel quite a distance from home to work before, so she had to leave very early in the morning. Now she lives somewhere closer to her workplace so it's a lot better.
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@YrNemo (12662)
17 Dec
Just a few weeks ago when I was listening to some little youngsters (6-7 YO kids) telling me something about something... I tried hard to figure out what they were going on & on about but gave up in the end.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
You didn't doze off trying to understand what they were telling you though, did you?
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@YrNemo (12662)
19 Dec
@cahaya1983 I still have no clue what they talked about, but I managed to say, 'yeah, really, Are you serious?' and made quite a few appropriate noise! A few times I got caught out when one said, 'Why did you say so? I asked you a question and you said, 'Really!'
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
20 Dec
@YrNemo Too funny!
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
21 Dec
This happens to me most nights. I drift away in front of the tv I hear the tv and sounds around me, but as soon as I go to bed I seem wide awake, I wish the microsleep I have on the sofa in front of the tv would let me sleep when I head to bed.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
22 Dec
I know right! It happens to me too, funny how sleepy I usually am before that and how wide awake I would be after that brief sleep.
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
27 Dec
@cahaya1983 yeah, it's very frustrating.
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@SIMPLYD (79762)
• Philippines
19 Dec
I always experience that whenever I am already sleepy, but I haven't seen yet what my relatives and friends have posted on Facebook.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
You mean what they post on Facebook when they're sleepy?
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@SIMPLYD (79762)
• Philippines
20 Dec
@cahaya1983 Silly you.
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@Micmac (8546)
19 Dec
Yes, I believe that happens while I watch a late night show on tv and then I suddenly wake up and find myself talking out loud some gibberish half awake.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
Oh you know what, that happened to me too! One time my friend was there and she was looking at me like I'm the craziest person on earth or something.
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@Micmac (8546)
20 Dec
@cahaya1983 haha, yeah I know what you mean - that is seriously embarrassing.
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@FayeHazel (18027)
• United States
17 Dec
Oh dear. In that case I have micro sleep a lot
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
I'm pretty sure many of us have fallen into that state at some point.
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@FayeHazel (18027)
• United States
20 Dec
@cahaya1983 Thank goodness
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@ridingbet (53168)
• Philippines
17 Dec
it is better to wake up after a microsleep than sleep well soundly, because it can be a neurological disturbance.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
17 Dec
You mean a neurological disturbance can cause someone to fall into a state of microsleep?
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@ridingbet (53168)
• Philippines
18 Dec
@cahaya1983 an altered level of consciousness as drowsy is different from sleepy. so, when one is seen as drowsy, maybe the brain has lesser oxygen supply and that is not good.
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@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
14 Dec
Thanks for introducing the term micro sleep. It sometimes happen, when I am sitting idle.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Dec
Yeah, or in the middle of a boring lecture or meeting, I suppose.
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@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
15 Dec
@cahaya1983 Yes, you are very right that it could happen during a boring lecture of a in a meeting.
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@kepweng (15005)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
26 Dec
i Experience walking while sleeping!
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
26 Dec
That's not microsleep anymore I'm sure.
@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
22 Dec
If i'm tired and need a nap I take one. I rarely just fall asleep without causing it myself.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
22 Dec
I take a nap during the day too, sometimes. But sometimes when I'm too tired I tend to doze off while watching a movie even if I had already taken a nap earlier.
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